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Poplar (kttk 
Saptfst (Eijttrclj 




Dabney Community 

Route 3 

Henderson, North Carolina 



This booklet is dedicated 

to 

Rubin Marvin Boyd 

and 

Lyman Brooks Wilkinson 

for their love of 

Poplar Creek Baptist Church 

February 22, 1981 



HISTORY OF POPLAR CREEK 
DAPTIST CHURCH 



Compiled 

by 

Peggy \l . Capps 

1900 



Dedicated to Rubin Marvin Boyd 












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Rubin Marvin Boyd 
Mr. Boyd mas born December 18, 19G0 in Granville County, son of 
Martha Matthews and Rubin Bass Boyd. He attended school at Poplar Creek 
Church School and later at Dabney . In 1917 he joined Poplar Creek Church 
at the age of sixteen. 

On November 25, 1920 he married Gladys Ellington. They were married 
by Rev. E. R. Nelson, Pastor at Poplar Creek at that time. Mr. and Mrs. 
Boyd have two children, Mrs. Margaret Greanway and Mr. M. C. Boyd, both 
of whom are members of Poplar Creek. They have five grandchildren and six 
great-grandchildren. 

Mr. Boyd has held various offices in the church over the years, and 
in 1922 he was ordained a deacon. Most of the existing improvements to 
the church have been made during Mr. Boyd's years of service as a deacon. 
Mr. Boyd still looks forward to the continuing growth and improvements of 
the church. 



Dedicated to Lyman Brooks Wilkinson 







Lyman Brooks Wilkinson 

Mr. Wilkinson was born September 16, 1896 in Vance County, son of 
Bettie Fleming and Peyton E. Wilkinson. His family had already been 
affiliated with Poplar Creek for many years as one of the first founders. 

IY!r, Wilkinson is a successful farmer in Vance County, During the past 
several years his financial generosity has made a number of improvements 
possible for Poplar Cxeek. However, his love for his church and his 
faithfulness have been even more important than his gifts. He is 
genuinely concerned for the spiritual growth and the loving fellowship 
of the members of his church. All of us ouio him a debt of love and 
thankfulness. 




Poplar Creek Baptist Church 
Date taken unknown. 




Poplar Creek Baptist Church 

After first addition in 1956 

and outdoor Bulletin Board in 1968. 




Poplar Creek Baptist Church 
After addition to front and addition of Board. 




Poplar Creek Baptist Church 
Date taken 1976. 




"SBm -*** "- 



Poplar Creek Baptist Church 
Date taken 1978. 



DAPTISTRY MURAL 



The baptistry mural was paintod by lYIr. Charles Sweitzer of Apex, 
North Carolina. Mr, Sweitzer mas born in Pennsylvania, son of Ann Keen 
and Julian Sweitzer. He was educated at Dradloy and graduated with a 
Fine Arts Degree, and has a degree in Psychology from the University of 
North Carolina, Chapol Hill, North Carolina. Ho has been a murolist for 
the past fourteen years, doing mostly religious pointings. 

Some of his works include the largest religious mural in the world at 
Dallas, Texas; murals at Cral Roberts University at Tulsa, Oklahoma, and 
on eighty-five foot mural at the Dattlc-Q-Rama located in the Carter's 
Court Shopping Area in Franklin, Tennessee; in the fflerchandise Mart at 
Charlotte, North Carolina a ten by eighty foot mural| a mural at the 
MacArthur Academy, Hroiunwood, Texas, and the mural at Poplar Creek Daptist 
Church, Henderson, North Carolina, 

Mr. Sweitzer's future works include twenty-five early century scenes 
for Doryl's Restaurants and proposed sketches for President Nixon's 
library, 

Mr. Swoitznr is married to the former Sybil Roach and they hove two 
nhi] rlron. 





Rev. John W. Phillips 
Present Pastor 



3ohn William Phillips was born December 29, 1925, in Raleigh, North 
Carolina, to Edgar Eugene Phillips, Sr., and Emma McLean Phillips. He mas 
educated in the city schools of Raleigh, withdrawing from Hugh (Ylorson High 
School at the ago of seventeen to enter voluntarily the United States IMovy 
during World War II. At the end of the war, he returned to high school and 
graduated at the top of the class. 

In 1947 ho entered Campbell College and graduated valedictorian of his 
class. In 1951 he graduated summc cum laude from Wake Forest College, whore 
ho was also elected to the Phi Deta Kappa Honor Society. 

While a student at Wake Forest College, ,"lohn became pastor of Tungsten 
Daptist Church, Tungsten, N. C. During his pastorate at Tungsten, he was 
ordained into the Daptist ministry. 

In 1955 he graduated from Southeastern Daptist Theological Seminary, 
Wake Forest, l\l. C,, receiving a D. D. degree. While at Southeastern, ho 
served as pastor of Calvary Daptist Church, Virgilina, Va. 

In 1955 and 1956 he attended Andovcr-Ncwton Theological Seminary in 
Doston, Mass., where he received the Pilaster of Theology degree. 

In 1956 and 1957 he attended Hartford Theological School in Hartford, 
Conn., where he studied subjects designed to prepare him for the mission 
field. 

In 195C and 1959 he and his wife (Lily Murray ffloblcy, whom he hod 
married in 1943) and his daughter Lisa served as Daptist missionaries in 
Orissa, India, 

After returning to the U. S.. , 3ohn served as pastor of (Yloore's Chapel 
Daptist Church in Saxapahaw, l\l. C, from 1959 to 1963. From 1963 to 1965 
he was pastor of Calvary Daptist Church in Reidsvillo, N. C. 

In 1965, 3ohn and his wife and two children (Lisa and Jonathan) moved to 
Henderson, M. C, where he became an English teacher in the Henderson City 
Schools and interim pastor of Wiso Daptist Church, Wise, N. C. From 1966 
to 1970 he served as interim poster of Harriet Daptist Church, Henderson. 
In 1970 he bocamo pastor of Poplar Creek Daptist Church. 

Under his ministry at Poplar Crock they hove done considerable improve- 
ments and added new additions to the church. Mr. Phillips is a very 
dedicated Christian and urn nm pruiid of him fur sharing his Christian 
faith with Poplar Creek. 



INDEX, 



Historical. Data 

Deed to Poplar Creek Daptist Church 

Poplar Creek Church Covenant 

Dy-Laujs and Rules of Drder 

Church History by Mrs. H. D. Parrott . . 

100th Anniversary History by lYlaxine Greenway 

Drief Sketch of Church by PLggy U. Capps 

History of Poplar Creek by Carolyn Hedgopeth: 

Historical Facts and Events from 1859-1980. 

Dibles Presented to Graduates 

Gifts and Donations to Church 

Church Membership Roll 1860-1900 

Sunday School Enrollment 1979-1980, 

"Queen For A Day" 

Hard-tail, A Faithful Church member 
Stewardship ........ 



Page 
1 

2-3 

4 

5-6 

7-16 

17-10 

19-2L 

22-25 

26-41 

42 

43-46 

47-50 

59 

6Qi 

61-62 

63-65 



HISTORICAL DATA. 

This information below was found in "Flat River Association Inventory 
of Churches," by l\l. C. State Historical Records Survey Projects, Raleigh, 
l\l. C., February, 1941. 

10. Poplar Creek Baptist Church, 1836-56, 1863 , Route #3, Hender- 
son, Vance County. (Floyd's, 836-56) 

25 

Constituted 1836 by Rev. Samuel Duty and Rev. Josiah Crudup. Received 

into Flat River Association 1840. No information available concerning 

its history or places of worship 1836-56. Reorganized and received into 

27 
Flat River Association 1863. Present building, 1863 , a one-room frame 

structure with plain glass windows, belfry, bell, and seating capacity of 

400. First resident clergyman, Rev. Dosiah Crudup. The church has reported 

a Sunday School since 1871. Church membership in 1840, 15j in 1845, 135; 

in 1G63, 30; in 1873, 97; in 1083, 119; in 1893, 146; in 1903, 114; in 

1913, 111; in 1923, 128; in 1933, 175; and in 1938, 91. 

Record Book, 1914 .1 vol. Includes minutes of church conferences; member- 
ship roll; names of pastors; and record of baptism, marriages, deaths, re- 
ceipts, and disbursements. In custody of Mrs, H. D, Parrott, Route #4, 
Henderson, I\l. C, 

Sunday School record, 1927 , 5 vols. Includes membership rolls and 

records of attendance, receipts, and disbursements. In custody of Mr. 5* T. 
LeMay, Route #3, Henderson, l\l. C. 



25. Minutes of the Flat River Association, 1836, page 10. 

26. Ibid., 1840, page 2. 

27. Ibid., 1863, page 3. 



DEED TQ POPLAR CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH 
John H. Wright & others 

to 
Lewis Parham & others 

This indenture made and entered into this the 24th day of September 1859 
by and between John H. Wright and Bazel Burroughs of the County of Granville 
and State of North Carolina of the first part and Elba L. Parrish, Hilman 
Barnes and 3. W. Wright, B. Burroughs, L. R. Parham and John Barnes, 
trustees of the religious Society or congregation herein after mentioned 
of the second part witncpeth that the said John H, Wright and Bazel Burr- 
oughs for the purpose of promoting the cause of religion in the said 
congregation and of assuming to them a suitable and convenient site for a 
house of Worship and in consideration of the sum of one dollar to them in* 
hand paid by the said Trustees for and on behalf of the said congregation 
hath given granted bargained and sold and doth by these presents give grant 
bargain and sell unto the said Elba L. Parrish, Hillman Barnes, and Oohn W. 
Wright B. Burroughs 3. W. Brame and L. R. Parham Trustees of the religious 
society or congregation of the Baptist Church the county of Granville and 
known as the Poplar Creek Church a certain lot or parcel of ground situate 
lying and being in the said County and described and bounded as follows 
to wit: Beginning at a rock on the path thence West to a Red Dak 70 yds. 
in Clarks line thence North to a red oak then East to a white oak on the 
path thence along said path to the beginning marking in the whole two acres 
more or less. To have and to hold the same with the appurtenances thereon 
to them, the said Elba L. Parrish Hillman Barnes and John Wright B. Burr- 
oughs, Lewis R. Parham and John W, Barnes, Trustees of the said congregation 
of the said office in fee simple forever to and for the use of tha said 
congregation of the said Baptist Church in the celebration of divine 
service and other rules and purposes according to the constitution laws and 
usages of the said Church at the said price subject to the proper jurisdic- 
tion and control of such ecclesiastical authorities as by the constitution 
and usage of the said Church have the control and oversight thereof and to 
no other uses or purposes and subject to no other control authority or 
jurisdiction for ever and the said Elba L. Parrish, Hillman Barnes and Doha 
Wright, Bazel Burroughs, John W. Barnes and L. R. Parham and their heirs do 
hereby declare and make known that this conveyance is taken by and made to 
them as Trustees of the said congregation dnd. for the uses of the said 
Congregation as a religious society and use andno other character and that 
they have not and will not claim to have any personal interest therein ex- 
cept as Trustees and members of said and according to the Trust herein 

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declared for the said congregation which the fee simple invested in them 
by this conveyance and to the interest to assure the promises forever to 
the said congregation. In UJitnes luhereof the said John H. UJright and Bazel 
Burroughs hove hereunto set their hands and seals the day and dote above 
written. 
UJitnes: 

Saml S. Hicks 3. H. UJright (seal) 

William IY1. Stone _ , , » 

B. Burroughs (seal; 

Elba L. Parrish (seal) 

Hillman Barnes (seal) 

3. H. UJright (seal) 

B. Burroughs (seal) 

3ohn UJ. Barnes (seal) 

L. R, Parham (seal) 

North Carolina 

Granville County November Court 1859 

This execution of the for going deed was duly proved in open court by 
the oath of Saml. S. Hicks one of the subscribers uutneses thereto and 
ordered to be registered 

UJitnes 

A. Londis, Clerk 
Truly registered Pr. L. A. Paschall P R 



POPLAR CREEK CHURCH COVENANT 
(Organizations Agreement). 

We, the undersigned, being impressed with the belief that it would promate 
our spiritual prosperity and the glory of God, to be constituted into a 
Gospel Church at Poplar Greek meeting house, Granville County, North Caro- 
lina and believe it would be expedient at this time to do so by the aid of 
Elders E. F. Beachum and William Royall to give ourselves to the Lord and 
to one another in a Church capacity wishing to bo ruled and governed by 
ourselves and acknowledge De'sus Christ only as our head and his word as 
our law, and having been ordorely dismissed from Tabbs Creek Baptist Church 
and other baptist Churches, do this on the 1st. Sabbeth in February Eight- 
een Hundred and sixty throe join ourselves in a Church Covenant with each 
other and to dwell together in common and to enjoy the privileges of God's 
House, 



Devul Ellington 
On. H. Wright 
Elba Parrish 
Thos. Patterson 
L. Lloyd 

Females 
A. Ellington 
Elizabeth Turner 
Mary Wiggins 
Sophia Wright 
Lucy Fleming 



S. S. Hicka 

L. R. Parham 

3. B. Barnes 

H. Barnes 

W. P. lYIangum 

S. C. Wright 
IYI. Barnes 
Nancy Lloyd 
Lucy Wright 
Fannie Fleming 



3. S. Wright 
G. W. Wright 
L. A. Wiggins 
A. S.trum 
Thos. Ellington 

Harriot Wright 
Dane Barnes 

Mary S. Elling- 

1-1 • ton 
Nancy Fleming 

Lucy Hester 



RULES OF DEACONS 

1. We the Baptist Church of Jesus Christ at Poplar Creek Granville County, 
do positively agree that all letters of dismission grantod to any Brother 
or Sister shall not hold good but six months from date of letter. Done by 
ordor of the Church, September 25, 1866. 

2. All membors of this Church who are absent from Church three times in~ 
succession shall be dealt with. Done by order of Poplar Creek Baptist 
Church, Saturday before the first Lords day in May, 1867, 

John L. Carroll, Moderator 
3ohn L. Wright, Clerk 



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QY LAWS AND RULES OF ORDER 

The rules of order prevailing among well regulated Baptist Churches shall 
be deemed binding among us. The following special rules are mentioned for 
our guidance and government, 

1. It shall be the duty of every male member to prompt and regularly 
attend all business meetings to vote on all questions and not to with- 
draw from conference without permission (any male member absenting 
himself from conference for three regular meetings in succession shall 
be considered disorderly and shall be dealt with accordingly unless 
Providently hindered. 

2. No member shall be entitled to a letter of dismission who has not 
paid up all dues and subscription. 

3. The Pastor of the Church shall be its moderator, but in absence a 
moderator protem shall be chosen by the church. 

4. All questions except the reception and dismission of members, which 
shall be unanimous shall be by a majority of votes. 

5. In all matters of personal grievances or complaints, it shall be the 
duty of the offended strictly and literally to comply with the low of 
the Master as it is recorded in Matthew 18:15-7, and any member so 
failing shall be dealt with for contempt of the Laws of Christ. 

6. The Pastor of the Church shall be called at the August meeting and it 
shall be the duty of every male member to subscribe to his support 
according to his ability and to pay such subscriptions in quarterly 
installments. 

7. The superintendent and the other officers of the Sunday School shall 
bo elected by the Church annually on the first regular meeting of the 
year, and the Church shall supply them with the funds necessary for 
successful work (change made in December). 

8. It shall be the duty of the Church to elect annually at the January 
meeting a treasurer, a clerk and a collector for pastors's salary. 

9. The clerk shall keep a truo account of the proceedings of each meeting 
take charge of all records, and keep a roll of the members indicating 
the time and manner of reception and the date of death or dismission 
of every member. 

10. The ordinance of the Lord's Supper shall bo observed quarterly at the 
March, Dune, September and December meetings, 

11. Quarterly collections shall be taken for the object of the N, C. 
Baptist State Convention in the following way and order vis Foreign 



Mission, March, State Mission, 3unc, Education, December and Home 
Miction, September. (Time changed September 1888). It shall be the 
duty of the Clerk to call the roll of male members and to furnish the 
collectors of oach list with names of all the male members and tho 
amount contributed by oach one. 

12. It shall bo the duty of the treasurer to report at each December meet- 
ing to tho conference, tho names of all brcthron who hove failed, ta 
make any contributions cither to tho pastor's salary or church oxpensei 
during the year. 

13. Resolved: 

1. That it is tho sense of this church that non-rosident members 
should take their letters to a church that they can attend, 

2. That, when for special reasons brethren prefer to leave their 
membership with us in some way we expect them to communicate 
with us at least once a year and to assist in bearing the 
expenses of the church. 

3. That, when such tron-resident members shall have gono. for a year 
without cooperation with the church in any way, it shall bo the 
duty of the clerk to so inform the church and lot the church do 
all in its power to bring such members into cooperation with us. 

4. That if these efforts hovo failed tho names of such members 
shall bo dropped from our roll and no longer counted as members 
with us. 



HISTORY OF POPLAR CREEK 
DAPTIST CHURCH 



□ Y 
MRS. H. 0. PARROTT 



Raleigh 
Dynum Printing Company 
193Q 




Dr. W.R. Cullom 



A PERSONAL WORD 

It was in October, 1896, that I first came to Poplar Creek". Church* 
It was at the same time that I was beginning my work at Wake Forest College 
as Professor of Bible. For six and a half years I came to this church once 
a menth from the college and enjoyed a most happy fellowship with them. 

In the spring of 1921 they asked me tc come back to them as supply for 
a time or twc. This "time or two" has grown into a continuous service of 
almost ton years. From the standpoint of getting on together there is no. 
reason that I know of why this service might not be continued indefinitely. 
A, new generation has grown up, it is true, but they are my friends, and it 
would be a joy to carry on with this new generatkon for ten years more. 
But life does not move now as it did in 1896, nor as it did in 1921. Once 
a month preaching by an absentee pastor is no longer to be tolerated. Let 
us hope that soon our country churches will see to it that their services 
are brought into harmony with the movements of the now day. With the 
multiplied and multiplying demands upon my time, I do not feel that a 
further continuance of this relationship (pleasant as it is) could at all 
meet the demands of the present situation. Under those circumstances I am 
withdrawing from this pastorate in the hope that soon the church may see 
its way tc readjustments that will more adequately meet the demands of the 
hour. 

Mrs. H. B. Parrott wrote the history of tho church several years ago 
and read it on an anniversary occasion. It was road again in connection 
with the Fellowship meeting on November 2 of the present year. This histor> 
along with the present roll of the church, is printed and given to the 
congregation in the hope that it may prove to be a stimulus to yet better 
things among the generation that is now in charge and among the generation 
that is coming on. 

It would bo pleasant to call many names and to deal in numerous person- 
al rominiscensos with reference to men and women and children who have 
wrought nobly. Many of them have passed to their eternal homo, and, 
though they aro dead, they still speak. Such personal mention, however, 
would either bo so inadequate as to misrepresent the facts in the case, or 
would draw out the length of the introduction far beyond that of the histor' 
Hard as it is, therefore, to do so, I refrain from all such reminiscing. 

My tender love and abiding interest will follow these good people, 
irrespective of namo or creed, so long as they and I shall live. They have 



all bean exceedingly kind and thoughtful of mo, and my gratitude to them 
will bo as genuine as has been their beautiful devotion, and as lasting 
as life. 

Blessings on each of themj 

lli. R. CLullom 
December, 1930. 



UJL UJALK BY FAITH! 

I know not what awaits me, 

God kindly veils mine eyes 
And o'er oach step of my onward way, 

Ho mokes new scenes to rise; 
And every joy He sonds mo, 

Comes a sweot and glad surprise. 

One step and I see before mo, 

'Tis all I need to see, 
The light of heaven more brightly shines, 

When earth's illusions flee; 
And sweetly through the silence came 

His loving, "Follow me J" 

blissful lack of wisdom, 

'Tis blessed not to know; 
He holds me with His own right hand, 

And will not let me go, 
And lulls my soul to rest 

In Him who loves me so. 

So on I go not knowing, 

I would not if I might; 
I'd rather walk in the dark with God 

Than go alone in the light; 
I'd rather walk by faith in Him 

Than go alone by sight. 



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CHURCH COVENA-NT 

Having bean led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the 
Lord 3esus Christ as our Saviour, and on profession of our faith, having 
been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost, we do now in the presenco of God, angels, and this assembly, most 
solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in 
Christ. 

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together 
in Christian lovoj to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge 
holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to 
sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to contribute 
oh&oxtulXy oocj regularly to tbo support of the ministry, the expenses of 
the church, the reliof of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through 
all nations. We also engage to maintain family and secret dovotions; to 
religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and 
aequfjxiwfcunoosj tn iunlU oli-ouweppotly in the world; to be just in our deal- 
ings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to 
avoid all tattling, back-biting, and excessive angor; to abstain from the 
sole and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to bo zealous in. 
our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour. 

Wo further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to 
remember ooch other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; 
to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy of speech; to bo 
slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of 
the rules of our Saviour to secure it without delay. 

We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as 
soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry out the 
Rjiin'-h of this cnuennrit and tlm principles nf Grid's word. 



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HISTORY GF POPLAR CREEK 
BAPTIST CHURCH 

About eighty years ago in the '50*s, there stood about twenty yards 
south of this church a large log building. There was a rock chimney at one 
end s and on one side an aperture uias left between the logs to admit light 
and air, for thcro more no glass windows. Rude benches were on the inside 
and also a huge fireplace which heated the building in winter. 

This log structure was probably built for a church, but was used for a 
schoolhouse as well. A few dov/out Baptists who lived in this community, and 
who wore members of the log church, met hero for worship. The church was 
not strong enough to support a pastor, so preachers from other churches 
were sometimes invited and they preached occasionally. Rev. Mr. Spivcy was 
one of these early preachers? Rev. UJ, H. Jordan another. Rev. Patrick Smith 
of Tabb's Cxeck, a Baptist church about five miles away, also came over and 
held services now and then. Prayer meetings were also hold. A Miss Polly 
Paschall took active port in this work. 

In the late '50's the church became very inactive for a few years. 
Efforts were made to got it on a stronger footing, and to build a new house 
but without avail. 

Finally, in the year 1858, a series of revival meetings, conducted by 
Rev. Moses Baldwin, wore hold at Tabb's Creek, of which Rev. T. 3. Horner 
was pastor. Many additions were made to the church, several being from 
this community. One of the results of these meetings was the decision ta 
take over Poplar Creek Church and establish a branch of Tabb's Crock Church 
at this place. This was done, and some of the members of Tabb's Creek who 
lived nearby camo over to this church. In those days when there were no 
good roads and few conveyances, traveling was a difficult matter, therefore 
churchgoing was made more convenient by the establishment of the branch 
church. 

Plans for the new church wore soon formulated and work was begun early 
in the next year. Somo of tho men most instrumental in establishing the 
branch church were 3ohn UJ. Barnes, Hilman Barnes, 'Squire S. S. Hicks, 
L. R, Parham, Dohn H. Wright, Joe Clark, Elba Parrish, Bevel Ellington, 
Thomas Patterson and UJilliam Mangum. 3ohn H. Wright and Bazzel Burroughs 
gave the land for the church. Bazzel Burroughs furnished tho timber which 
his negroes sawed with whipsaws. Hamilton Hostcr contracted for the build- 
ing and his son, Ben Hester, did the work. 

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The house built in 1859 is the same in which Lue worship today. There 
have been a few changes and repairs made from time to time. At first there 
was a space loft behind the pulpit for the colored members, for during 
slavery time many negroes belonged to the white churches. In 1868 the 
church was ceiled and plastered. Later, in 1878, a baptistry was built in 
the church, but was discontinued after a few years. The roof, too, lias 
been changed. 

The church was dedicated in 1860. The dedicatory sermon was preached 
by Rev, 3. B. Solomon, of lilarrenton. A large crowd was present for the 
occasion. Some rode horseback, others came on wagons and many afoot. 
There were only a few buggies in those days. It was not unusual to see a 
woman riding to church behind a man, on the same horse. Horse blocks were 
on each side the church yard near the road which was then termed the "Ridgs 
Path." And this "path" in both directions was bordered on each side by 
thick woods; for there was little cleared land in the immediate vicinity 
of the church. The women present at the dedication were dressed in the 
hoopskirts and bonnets of the '60's. 

The trying days of the Civil War came on and some of the members 
shouldered their guns and went away. Among them were George W. Wright, 
Hilman Barnes, 3ohn UJ. Barnes, and 3. L. Wright. They went away members 
of the branch church, but when they returned Poplar Creek had become an 
independent church. 

During the war, on the first Sunday in February, 1863, Poplar Creek 
Meeting House, as it was then called, severed its connection with Tabb's 
Creek and became an independent body. Prior to this time all the busi- 
ness had been transacted at the latter place--all the conferences held 
there. Rev. E„ F. Beachum and Rev. William Royall, of Wake Forest, drew 
up the church covenant and helped organize the independent church of 
Poplar Creek. It was named Poplar Creek because of a small, nearby stream 
bearing that name, in which the baptizing was done for a while. 

The first or charter members of the independent church organized in 
1863 were Llie following: 

Bewel Ellington Amanda Ellington 

3ohn H. Wright S. C. Wright 

Elba Parrish Harriet Wright 

Thomas Patterson Elizabeth Turner 

S. S. Hicks lYlalison Barnes 

3. W. Barnes 3ane Barnes 

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2. L. Wright lYIary Wiggins 

H. Barnes Nancy Lloyd 

G. III. Wright Mary E. Ellington 

L. A. Wiggins Sophia Wright 

A. Strum Lucy Wright 

L. Lloyd Nancy Fleming 

W. P. (Ylangum Lucy Fleming 

C. G. Patterson Fannie Fleming 

Thos. Ellington Sallic Hester 

The first pastor was Rev. E. F. Boachum; the first officers were 
S. S. Hicks and L. R. Parham, deacons; Elba Parrish, clerk; Dohn W. Barnes, 
treasurer; John H. and John L. Wright, collectors. 

The Barnes, Wrights and Parhoms figured prominently in the organiza- 
tion and ujork of the church in its early history. 

From the establishment of the church until now preaching services have 
boon hold most of the time on the first Sunday in each month and conference 
on the preceding Saturday. A good many years ago for a short period 
services were hold on the fourth Sundays. At first the hour for tho 
Saturday's conference was 9 o'clock in the morning, but was later changed 
to the afternoon. Those who wished to unite with the church usually pre- 
sented themsolves at tho Saturday conference. Before and during tho war 
many colored pooplo, as well as white, joined in this way. In the early 
records frequent mention is made of slaves belonging to different men of 
the community presenting themselves for church membership. 

We also find in the early records frequent accounts of members being 
arraigned before the church for being delinquent in their church duties. 
Regular attendance, paying of dues, and proper conduct were three things 
required of every member. 

Rev. 3. L. Carroll was the second pastor. He began serving the church 
in 1866. During his pastorate the first association at Poplar Cxeek was 
held in August, 1B66. 

Rev. 3. A. Stradley was tho next pastor, serving tho church from 186B 
till 1875. 

Rev. F. R. Underwood came next, being pastor from '78 until some time 
in the '80's. While he was pastor, in the year 1877, we first have mention 
made of women taking active part in the church work. Harriet Wright and 
Lucy Barnes were appointed as committee to make collections for State 
missions; Mrs. 2. W. Barnes, Betty Clarke, and Polly Ellington, Foreign 



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Missions. 

The first Sunday School held at this church was conducted by Major 
Parhan. He taught the catechism and Bible. fin Sunday Srhnnl. Ht.ornhiro 
like that ujc have today was then used. Later on in the ' 70 • s there was a 
large Sunday School. As many as eighty-one were enrolled in the year 1871: 
according to an old book kept by S. Otho Wilson, who was Sunday School 
secretary at that time. 

During the 'BO's Dr. R. H. Marsh became pastor and served the church 
until 1894. In the year 1086 the first trustees of the church were 
appointed by Dr. Marsh. They were R. R. Callis, William McCann, 3. T. 
Barnes, 3. L. Capps, 3. Hi. Fleming. 

About this time the church was receiled and new benches or pews put 
in. 

The Association was held at Pnplnr Crook fur the oooond time in the 
year 1888. Associations in those days were largely attended and were 
great events in the life of the community as well as in the life of the 

church. 

It is interesting here to note that Mr. George Wright bought of Mr. 
Bassel Burroughs thirty sheep for the Association. These he retailed to 
the members, 

Charles T. Ball was granted license to preach, at Poplar Creek, on th 
first Sunday in September, 1889. He is the only minister of the Gospel 
that has gone out from this church. Dr. Ball has become very prominent 
in the work of the Baptist denomination. 

Dr. Marsh resigned in 1894 and Rev. T. B. Hill became pastor, serving 
two years. He was followed by Rev. 111. R. Cullom, who preached his first 
sermon at Poplar Creek on October 4, 1896. During his pastorate a librar 
was purchased for the church, and a schoclhouse was built on the church 
grounds by the church. Dr. Cullom was instrumental in having the school 
built and in securing teachers. 

Rev. Mr. Cullom resigned at the close of the year 1902, and Rev. A. I 
Hunter became pastor, serving the church not quite three years. Rev. 
Herman T. Stevens came next. He was pastor about two years, accepting tr 
work in the spring of 1906 and serving until September, 1908. In 1909 
Rev. 3. A. Stradley the second time become pastor, preaching a little mo: 
than a year. 

Rev. E. R. Nelson accepted the pastorate in 1911 and served the churc 
two years. While he was pastor, in the year 1913, the Association was hi 
at Poplar Creek for the third time. After his resignation Rev. H.G. Bry 



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a IDakc Forost student, supplied for tho remainder of the year 1913. Theni 
again in 1914 Rev. Mr. Nelson accepted the work and was pastor until the. 
close. of 1916. Rev. 3. U. Teogue followed next, preaching less than two 
years. 

Rev. S. L. Morgan, of the Henderson church, supplied most of the time 
during tho years 1919 and 1920. In the spring of 1921 Dr. HI. R. Qullom the 
second time became pastor. 

The pastors, then, to summarize, that have served in all these yeara 
in the ups and downs of the church and have striven to advance tho Kingdom 
of God in this community, arc: Messrs. Boachum, (larroll, S.tradley, Under- 
wood, Marsh, Hill, Hunter, Stevens, Nelson, Toaguo and Cullom. All except 
tho last four have passed on into the Great Beyond. 

Dr. Marsh, Rev. 3. A. Stradley and Dr. Cullmn are tho tla-un (instors 
mho have servod the church for the longest periods of time. 

Tho men who have boon dnacons are: 
L. R, Parham 3. U. Fleming S. S. Hicks 3. L. Capps 
Thos. Ratterson UJ. N. Critchor G, ID. Ellington P. E. Wilkinson 
3. E. Callis 3. T. Hollowoy S. Otho LUilson E. C. Parrott 
C. G. Patterson R. M. Boyd G. UJ. UJright Thomas Lemay 

Tho following have served as clerks of the church: 
Elba Parrish P. E. Rowland H, M. UJright G. LU. UJright 
3, L. UJright P. C. Parham E. T. Parham E. C„ Parrott 

3. H. Parham 3. L. Capps C. P. UJright Mrs. H.B. Parro : 

LIST OF MEMBERS 

Eugene Abbott Otho Choppell 3amos Fleming 

Charlie Allgood n. C. Currin Cleveland Greonway 

L. R. Ball George Currin UJillie Clopton 

UJilliam Boll Batt Ellington I. D. Hart 

Dodson Ball Boyd Ellington Dorsey Fleming Hart 

Adrian Ball Sidney Ellington Harvey £. Harris 

Gen F. Ball Roger Ellington. Sam Hester 

UJilliam Ball Wallace Ellington, 3ohn Holloway 

Harold Bradsher UJilliam Ellington S. T. LcMay 

L. F. Boyd 3onos Ellington Charles L. LeMay 

R. M. Boyd Herbert Ellington Thos. Benton Parham 

Hubert If], Capps Bud Ellington 3asper UJayland Parham 

Gilbert Capps J. U. Fleming 3. R. Parham 

3. McElree Capps Goodo Fleming A. G. Parrott 

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Carl Parrott 
Frank Parrott 
Garland Parrott 
Nelson Parrott 
Wilson Parrott 
Eugene C, Parrott 
Elbert Parrott 
Graham Parrott 
Titus Parrott 
H. 0. Parrott 
A. CL. Perry 
Alloy Roborson 
Edward Lee Roberson 
Rogur Roberson 
James Sottorwhito 
Lonwood Short 
John Short 
UJilson Thomas 
Edward Thomas 
Earlo UJado 
Charlie Weaver 
Guy UJells 
H. B. UJells 
Paul UJells 
P. E. UJilkinson 
A, P. UJilkinson 
Elam Greenway 
Lyman UJilkinson 
Alphous UJoodlief 
Tom UJoodlief 
Tom UJil] if ord 
Ira UJilliford 
G. S. UJright 
Carlylo UJright 
Lathan UJright 
Norris UJright 
Mrs. Lossio Abbott 
Elizabeth Abbott 
Clara Mao Allgood 



Fannie Allgood 
Sallic Allgood 
Mrs. L. R. Gall 
Mrs. Inez Call Currin 
Estello Call 



Mrs. Hayden Glover 
Mrs. Hunter F. Harris 
Louise Harris 
Mrs. Ferol F. Hart 
Isabel Hart 



Mrs. Isabel Ball Hedgepeth Mildred Hart 



Mario Ball 

Mrs. Maud Critcher Ball 

Mrs. Tholma Ball Brooks 

Mrs. Helen Capps Bobbitt 

Mrs. L. F. Boyd 

Mrs. R. M. Boyd 

Mrs. Mozellc Hollowoy 

. n . , Chappoll 
Loona Clopton 

Estclle Clopton 

Mrs. Hugh Currin 

Bernico Currin 



Mrs. Pearl Hester 

Miss Pattic Hostcr 

Miss Lucy Hester 

Mrs. H. C. Hicks 

Mrs. V/erna F. LeMay 

Annie Marshall LeMay 

Mrs. Daisy K. Parham 

Mrs. Ellen Parrott 

Mrs. A. G. Parrott 

Mrs. Dorothy Parrott Mutt 

Edna Earlo Parrott 



Mrs. Tazzio Currin Daniel Mrs. J. M. Ellington 

Mrs. Sallic UJells Edwards Miss Annie Ellington 

Mrs. Drewry Ellington Mrs. Sarah UJilson Parrott 

Nola Ellington Mrs. E. C. Parrott 

Mrs. J. E. Ellington Mrs. Louise Parrott 
Myra Ellington Hobgood 

Mrs. Ethel Ellington UJhite Mrs. H. B. Parrott 

Bailey UJilkinson Julia Parrott 

E. B. UJilkinson Chloe Parrott 

Mrs. Catherino Ellington Mrs. A. C. Porry 

Critcher Miss Lizzie Perry 

Mrs. Stella Hart Ellington Miss Mary Perry 

Mrs. Sadie Ellington Mrs. Elizabeth Roborson 



Mrs. Pauline Ellington 

Van Dyke 
Thornton Elliott 
Willie Lee Elliott 
Mrs. J. U. Fleming 
Miss Lottie Grissom 
Mrs. C. C. Groonway 
Mrs. Johnny Groonway 
Elizabeth Groonway 



Maude Roberson 
Mrs. Sallic Short 
Mrs. Ola F. Sattorwhite 
Janie Sattorwhite 
Mrs. Maude Hobgood 
Stanley 
Mrs. Q. UJ. Thomas 
Mrs. Alma Thomas Parrott 
Eunice UJells 



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Mrs. Froulinc Wells Hicks 
[Ylrs. Lucy LUclls Donos 
(Ylrs. Geneva Weaver 
Minnie Weaver 
lYlrs. Rufus Woodlief 
(Ylary E. Williford 
lYlartha Williford 
lYlrs. P. E. Wilkinson 
Miss Eva 3. Wilkinson 
Mrs. A. P. Wilkinson 
Mrs. Sallie M. Wilkinson 



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HISTORY OF POPLAR CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH 

In the yoar 1B58 a scries of revival meetings conducted by Rev. Moses 
Baldwin were held at Tabbs' Cxcok. Many additions were made to the. church> 
several coming from this community. The result of these meetings was a 
decision to take over Poplar Crook Church and establish a branch of Tabbs 1 
Creek Church at this place. 

In those days when there were no good roads traveling was a difficult 
matter. Therefore, church-going was made more convenient by the estab- 
lishment of a branch church. Plans were soon formulated and work was 
begun. The land was donated by Mr. John H. Wright and Bazzol Burroughs. 
Timber was furnished by Mr. Burroughs. Mr. Hamilton Hester contracted 
for the building and his son, Ben Hester, did the work. This house is 
the same wo worship in today with many changes and repairs having been 
made from time to time. The church was dedicated irm 1860. The dedica- 
tory sermon was preached by Rev. 3. B. Solomon of UJarronton. In February 
of 1063, Poplar Creek Meeting House, as it was then called, severed its 
connection with Tabbs 1 Creek and became an independent body. It was 
named Poplar Creek because of a small, near-by stream bearing that name, 
in which the baptizing was done for a while. In 1863 there were 30 charter 
members. The first pastor was Rev. E. F. Bcachum. The first officers 
were: S. S. Hicks and L. R. Parham, deacons; Elba Parrish, clerk; John 
111. Barnes, treasurer; and John H. and Dohn L. Wright, collectors.. 

Referring back to 1878, Sunday School attendance increased and there 
were 81 enrolled. Dy the year 1888 two associational meetings had taken 
place here. 

Some years later, on October 4, 1896, the Rev. 111. R. Qullom preached 
his first sermon at Poplar Creek. During his pastorate a library was 
purchased for the church and a school house was built on the church grounde 
for the church. Dr. Cullom was instrumental in having the school built 
and in securing teachers. Later, in 1902, Dr. Cullom resigned. Once more 
in 1913 the associational meeting was held at Poplar Creek for the third 
time. At a later date, Rev. 3. U. Tcague served as pastor. Rev. Teague 
is now a resident of Henderson. 

During the years 1919 and 1920, Rev. S. L. Morgan served this church 
and in the Spring of 1921, for the second time, Dr. UJ. R. Cullom became 
pastor. At the time of his resignation and for several years thereafter, 
the pastor's vacancy was filled with supply ministers. According to the 

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most accurate information available at this time, Poplar Creek has since 
colled as pastor the following; 

Rev. 3, ID. Davis 

Rev. UJ. D. Poe 

Rev. Oohn lYIcCrimmon 

Rev. Talmadge Smith 

Rev. D. 0(1, Gordon 

Rev. Ray Hodge 

Rev. U. 3. Edwards 

Rev. E. T. Vinson 

Rev. Jimmie Durnhom 

Rev. fflillard Bennett 

Rev. Charles Parker 

Rev. Eugene Hawkins 

Rev. Morris Wilson 

Rev. Richard Englert, Dr. 

Rev. John UJ. Phillips 
In April of 1950, under the leadership of the pastor, Rev/. Ray Hodge, 
the interior of the church was re-modeled. 

During the pastorate of Rev. UJ. 3. Edwards in 1953 a heating system 
was installed. 

In 1956, with Rev. E. T. Vinson as pastor, additions of classrooms 
and a vestibule were added. Later, in 1958, the building was pointed and 
restrooms added. 

In October of 1960, Poplar Creek observed its 100th anniversary, 
showing an increase in enrollment from 30 tc 104. 

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10. 



POPLAR CREEK DAPTIST CHURCH 
1836_-1978 

Historical records show that Poplar Creek Daptist Church was first 
organized in 1836 by the Reverend Samuel Duty and the Reverend Josiah 
Crudup. It uias not until 1840 that Poplar Qreek was received into the 
Flat River Association. At present there is no definite information as to 
the place of worship from 1836 to 1856. However, one of the church's 
early places of worship was a log structure about twenty yards south of 
the present church. 

This particular building was probably built as a place of worship, but 
it was also used as a school house. There was a rock chimney at one end 
and an aperture on one side to admit light between the logs. There were 
no glass windows. Seating was on rude wooden benches, and heat in the 
winter time was furnished by a hugh fireplace. Since the congregation was 
very poor, it could not support a regular pastor; therefore, it invited 
preachers from other churches to preach occasionally. Among these visit- 
ing preachers were Reverend Spivey, Rev. UJ. H. Jordan, and Rev. Patrick 
Smith from Tabbs Creek. 

Poplar Creek become inactive for several years during the 1850's. Then 
in 1858 the Reverend Moses Baldwin held a revival at Tabbs Creek which re- 
sulted in a decision for Tabbs Creek to rejuvenate Poplar Creek as a branch 
of Tabbs Creek. A fairly large number of Tabbs Creek's members who lived 
near Poplar Creek began attending Poplar Creek. John H. UJright and Dazzel 
Burroughs gave land for the building of a new church. Some of the men most 
instrumental in establishing Poplar Creek as a branch of Tabbs Creek and. 
eventually, as an independent church were John HI. Barnes, Hilmon Barnes, 
'Squire S. S. Hicks, L. R. Parham, John H. UJright, Joe Clark, Elba Parrish, 
Bevel Ellington, Thomas Patterson, and UJilliam Mangum. Bazzel Burroughs 
furnished the timber for the new church. This timber was sawed with whip- 
saws by his Negroes. Hamilton Hester contracted for the new building, and 
his son Ben did the work. 

The new church building was built in 1859 and is the same building we 
worship in today. A space was left behind the pulpit for the few colored 
members who belonged to the church. In 1360 the church was dedicated by 
Reverend J. B. Solomon of UJorrenton, and in 1863 the church severed its 
connection to Tabbs Creek to become an independent body. Also, in 1863 
Poplar Creek was received for the second time into the Flat River Associa- 
tion. Reverend E. F. Beachum and Reverend William Royall of Wake Forest 

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drew up a charter for the church. 

The name of Poplar Creek was taken from a nearby stream. Before its. 
reorganization in 1859 it was known as Poplar Creek (fleeting House. 

Many improvements have been made on the church since 1863. In 1868 
the church was sealed and plastered. In 1878 a baptistry was built but 
later discontinued. During Dr. HI. R. Cullom's pastorate a library waa 
established. The present pews were purchased in 1902. In the 195D's 
carpet was installed in the sanctuary, and new rooms were added to the 
front of the church. The wood heaters were replaced by gas furnaces in 
1953 during the pastorate of Reverend UJ, 3. Edwards. The organ was given 
by Kits. Goode Fleming, and the piano was purchased from fflr. Alvis Barnes. 
The air conditioner was placed in the sanctuary in 1967 under Reverend 
(Morris Wilson's leadership. In 1968 the bulletin board in front of the 
church was purchased. During Reverend Richard Englert's ministry members 
purchased stained glass windows to honor and memorielizs their loved ones. 
The grandchildren of IVlrs. Dorothy Parrott Nutt gave a silver flower urn in 
her memory, and lYlrs. Warren gave the picture of Christ in memory of her 
father, H. D. Parrott, Sr. The communion tables and chairs were given by 
members of the church in memory of loved ones in 1963. Other improvements 
include the fallowing: new flogs purchased by the children of the Sunday 
School, shrubbery, a speaker for the nursery, aluminum siding and insula- 
tions a new educational building in 1976, a steeple in 1976, refinishing 
of the church pews and the addition of cushions, repainting of the sanctu- 
ary, and the addition of hanging lights in 1978, 

A new pulpit Bible was given to the church after its reorganization in 
1860 by Isaiah H. Fuller. In 1975 that Cible was rebound so that it might 
be preserved. The old pulpit of the church was refinished in 1978, and it 
and the rebound Bible were placed at the rear of the sanctuary as items of 
beauty and inspiration. 

The present (1978) church membership is 114. The Sunday School enroll- 
ment is 65. The charter membership of the church numbered 30, Their names 
were as follows: 

H. Domes Nancy Fleming Elizabeth Turner 

Dane Darnes Sallie Hester L. A. Wiggins 

dlalison Barnes S. S. Hicks diary Wiggins 

3. W. Darnes L. Lloyd G. W. Wright 

Amanda Ellington Nancy Lloyd Harriet Wright 

Bevel Ellington W. P. lYlangum 3. L. Wright 

r/lary E. Ellington Elba Parrish John H. Wright 

Thomas Ellington C. G. Patterson Lucy Wright 

Fannie Fleming Thomas Patterson S. C. Wright 

Lucy Fleming A. Strum Sophia Wright 

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The pastors of Poplar Creek Baptist Church since it was reorganized 
and became an independent body in 1863 are as follows: 



E. F. Deachum 1863-1866 
3. L. Carroll 1866-1868 
3. A. atrodley 1868-1875 

F. R. Underujood 1878-1880 
R. H. Marsh 1880-1894 

T. D. Hill 1894-1896 

ill, R. Cullom 1896-1902 

A. D. Hunter 1902-1905 

Hermon T. Stevens 1906-1908 

3. A. Stradley 1909-1910 

E. R. Nelson 1911-1913 

H. G. Gryon 1913 

E. R. Nelson 1914-191& 

3. U. Teague 1917 

a. L. Morgan 1919 

E. R. Morgan 1920 



UJ. R. Cullom 1921 
3. UJ. Davis 1933 
UI. D. Poe 1941 
3ohn McCrimmon 1944 
Talmadge Smith 1945 
B. M. Gordon 1949 
Roy Hodge 1949 
UJ. 3. Edwards 1952 
E. T. Venson 1955 
3immie Durnham 1960 
Millard Dennett 19.61. 
Charles Parker 1961 
Eugene Hawkins 1965 
Norris Wilson 1966 
Richard Englert, Jr. 1969 
3ohn UI. Phillips 1971 



Dy; Peggy dapps 



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POPLAR CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH 

The constant movement of the large palm leaf fans stirred the air and 
someiuhat cooled the sultry heat of the Tabb's Creek Duly revival meeting. 
This was an important night for many of those in attendance, for this 
night determined the future of Poplar Creek Baptist Church in the Dabney 
Community. 

Actually, the church has existed in some form since 1836 when Reverend 
Samuel Duty and Reverend 3osiah Crudup first organized it. The church 
was named after a nearby stream which was often used for baptisms, during 
the 1850* s the members of the church met in a large log building about 
twenty yards south of the present site. This building was also used as a 
schoolhouse. For a few years in the mid-1850' s, the church became inactive 
and no one knows where the membership went to continue their worship. 

Then, in 1858 on that hot July night, the decision was made to reor- 
ganize Poplar Creek. The plan was to construct a new building and to re- 
juvenate the church by establishing it as a branch of Tnbb's Creek Baptist 
Church. Many of the members of Tabb's Creek began to attend Poplar Cxeek 
because it was nearer their homes. At that time the church was called 
Poplar Creek Meeting House. 

The church members worked together and began construction on the new 
building the next year. Two of the members donated land, and others 
furnished timber and slave labor. In the presence of a large crowd, the 
new building was dedicated in 1860. Horses, wagons, and buggies, tied to 
the hitching posts, lined the sides of the church. The tree-lined dirt 
road thronged with wheels and feet as the sanctuary quickly filled to the 
doors with men, women, and children. The occasion was truly lively and 

9 ay. 

In 1863 Poplar Creek Meeting House broke away from Tabb's Creek and 
became an independent church body. The new church joined the Flat River 
Association as Poplar Creek Baptist Church. 

For a short while, services were held on the fourth Sunday of each 
month. Later, they were moved to the first Sunday. On the Saturday pre- 
ceding services, the men of the church held a conference presided over by 
the deacons. At these meetings, they settled community disputes and inter- 
viewed prospective church members. Most new members were accepted into 
the church only after presenting themselves at the Saturday meeting. 

Each church member had to live by very rigid rules. He had to attend- 
regularly, pay his dues, and conduct himself properly at all times. If he 

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broke the by laws and rules of order, he mas brought before the church and 
sometimes dismissed from membership, and according to church records, this 
procedure was used quite frequently. 

Most of the time, however, these members were allowed to re-enter the 
church after making an apology. 

The dress of the women of the church had to be appropriate, also. 
Mrs. Nell Crews, a long-time member describes their attire, "The ladies of 
the church used to wear a sort of uniform. They wore high top laced ankle 
boots, black pleated skirts, and white blouses with high collars trimmed 
in lace. A black ribbon was tied around the collar and tightened into 
place with a brooch." 

The women did not take a very active part in the church. They helped 
mainly in the prayer meetings and in Sunday School. 

The church used a specific seating arrangement for the different 
sexes. "Th8 women and babies sat on the north side, and the men sat on 
the south side of the church, " says Mrs. Crews, smiling over a memory just 
recalled. She adds, "The young ladies and their beaus sat in the middle 
row of pews. I remember I had to sit with my papa, but I would wish I 
could go over and sit with mama." 

"The men and women even went in and out separate doors. The two doors 
were at the front of the church, and they never went in or out the wrong 
door," continues lYIrs, Crews. 

Mrs. Isabel Hedgepeth also remembers the church of her childhood, 
"My papa would always sit on one special pew on the left side. You could 
find him in that place every Sunday." 

Church members used to devote more of their time to the church and: 
its services. Sunday worship service would often last two to three hours 
and everyone attended and no one left until it was completed. When revival 
time came, the meetings would last for many hours of the day. 

The revivals at Poplar Creek were generally held the first week in 
July and lasted from Sunday through Thursday. "It would be hot and so many 
people would come that they would have to stand up in the back of the 
church. I remember fainting from the heat one time," recalls Mrs. Hedge- 
peth, remembering the heat of those long ago revivals. "The revival 
nisutings would begin at 3:00 and nnri in time for everyone to go home and 
eat supper. Then, we would all come back at 8:00 for another meeting. 
It all meant a long day," 

The preacher was a very important part of the community, and even more 



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important that first week in 3uly. 

"Everyone mould fuss about who would have the preacher for Sunday 
dinner. He would always eat that meal and often many others with different 
families every week," says lYlrs. Crews, remembering those quarrels and the 
ultimate visit of the preacher. 

But time has changed all aspects of the church. The sanctuary and the 
entire layout of the church building have undergone renovations, restora- 
tions and additions. 

In 1863 when Poplar Creek was finished, it was a one-room frame struc- 
ture with plain-glass windows, a belfry, and a seating capacity of four 
hundred. The present sanctuary is the original frame, but the roof has 
been reshaped and belfry removed. Much remodeling has completely changed 
the physical appearance of the building. 

In 1878 a baptistry was built, but its exact location is unknown 
today. It may have been located on the site of a large hole found under 
the church in the 1970' s. The baptistry, however, was discontinued after 
a short time. 

The 1953 's brought even more changes to Poplar Creek. New walls, 
new floors and carpet, and refinished pews were added to the church sanctu- 
ary in April, 1950. The wood heaters were replaced by oil heaters, then 
by gas furnaces in 1952. Two new classrooms and a vestibule were added to 
the front of the church in 195C. These later additions were funded by a 
presentation, "Queen for a Day," with an all male cast, given at Dabney 
School . 

In 1960 the church celebrated its centennial with a special service 
on October 2. A historical sketch of the church was presented to the 
congrogation on that day, also. 

The greatest additions to the church were made in the 1970' s, begin- 
ning with the installment of stained glass windows in 1971. 

On October 5, 1975, the new educational building was dedicated. This 
building has three classrooms, two restrooms, a kitchen, and a fellowship 
hall. 

In 1976 a steeple was added to the church, and in 1978 new cushions, 
hanging lights, and a repainting of the sanctuary gave the church a 
different look. The pews, columns, and piano were refinished to enhance 
the beauty of the sanctuary. The old Dible that was given to the church 
in 1860 after its reorganization was rebound and placed on the old pulpit 
at the entrance to the sanctuary. 



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The library, which has been recently added, is reminiscent of the past, 
A small table made from wood taken from the original building has recently 
been refinished and placed in the center of the library. New books and 
a plaque describing the table have been placed on the table. 

The last additions to the church mere the baptistry and choir loft 
built in 1979. These recent additions consist of two dressing rooms, 
two storage rooms, and a choir loft consisting of four pews. 

The physical growth of Poplar Creek Baptist Church has been accompan- 
ied by its growth in membership. The original thirty charter members have 
grown into one hundred and fourteen present members. 

"All of these nice improvements have been made to please the members 
and to attract others to the church," says Reverend John LU. Phillips, the 
present pastor of the church. "UJe are hoping that as the community grows 
with the Community College, the church will continue to grow and aid the 
Dabney Community." 

By; Carolyn Hedgepeth 

This article published in Crinkum-Crankum magazine published by Vance 
Senior High School, 1980. 



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HISTORICAL FACTS AND EVENTS FROM 1859 to 1980 

The house built in 1859 is the same ujo worship in today with some 
improvements and changes made over the years. The dedication sermon was 
preached by Rev. 3. 0. Soloman of UJarrenton, l\l. C, in 1860 and in August 
of 1860 on the first Sunday the church agreed to join the Flat River 
Association and at the same time becoming an independent body church from 
Tabbs Creek. At this time a Pulpit Bible was presented to the church by 
Isiah N. Fuller. It has been rebound and is under glass on the old pulpit 
in the church. 

Hilman Darnes was elected as deacon in April 1863. In April Brother 
L. R. Parham was ordained as deacon. 

On Saturday before the first Sabbath in August 1869 Ellen and Pheby 
Y'oung, colored women came forward to join the Church, and after examination 
were received to baptism on the 3rd of September 1B65. This is the first 
record of any colored members of the church, although several are mentioned 
in later records. They used to sit in a space behind the pulpit while 
attending service. 

In 1868 the church was ceiled and plastered. 

There is some lost history of the church from September 1876 to 
February 1877. 

Brother H. H. Barnes and 3. E. Callis elected deacons, January 26,1878 

On Duly 27, 1878 the church agraed to build a baptistry, and in 1975 
while cleaning from underneath the church they found a largo hole perhaps 
where the baptistry was installed at that time, 

A committee of Brothers G. UJ. Wright, 3. L. Wright and 3. H. Parham 
was appointed to revise the rolli and church covenant in October 1885, 

Appointed as trustees of Poplar Creek Church on March 6, 1886 were 
R. R. Callis, W. M. McCann, 3. T. Barnes, 3. L. Capps and 3. U. Fleming. 

About 1886 the church was receiled and new benches or pews added. 
Brother G. W. Wright was ordained as Deacon October 1, 1887. Brother 
3. R. Fuller was requested by the church to be Chief of Police at the Flat 
River Association which was to be held at Poplar Creek on August 14, 1838. 

A motion was made on May 4, 1889 to endorse the Harris 1 Crossroad 
Sunday School as a branch school and supply them material was approved. 

Dr. W„ R. Cullom was the church's first full time Preacher starting 
his duties in 1896. 

A request from Brother Von Deventer from Henderson that the church 



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raise 1100.00 for endowing UJake Forest College ujas approved in December, 
1890. 

Drother C. G. Paterson and 3. U. Fleming were ordained as Deacons, 
November, 1895. 

December 8, 1896 the church purchased 50 new copies of tho Best Hymns. 

In February 1898, Drother Cullom made a report of conditions of the 
library with maps costing $2.70, freight $.91, bookcase $7.74 and cost 
of books $31.20, total cost $42.56. Sister Annie Ellington elected to 
fill the librarian job as the assistant librarian had left. 

In September 1898 the church adopted the Church Hymn & Gospel Songs 
as the church hymn books and to. buy 20 copies from Dr. Cullom. 

In January 1399 Miss Mary Porrott was elected to assistant Librarian, 
CL. G. Patterson, Jr. Librarian and Miss Lillie Callis as Church Organist. 

New doors for the church were approved in August 1900, and in Septem- 
ber the church met in conference to build a school house, and also to 
provide for a well which was discussed in October, to which both were 
approved. 

In September, 1901 the church met in conference to organize a church 
at Knott's pack house and Brother Ul. C lYlcCann reported attended and said 
a church was organized at the place with 25 members, name of said church to 
bo "Knotts Creek Church." The church also agreed to use the new school 
house as a music room also, and the church had the organ and piano tuned 
in January 1, 1902. Money was raised for school desks and building in 
April of 1902. 

On July 6, 1902, $987.00 was raised for a Chapel at Harriet Cotton Mil" 
at Henderson, N. C. The Church gained 5 new members, three by baptizing, 
and one by letter, one was restored to membership and the church lost one 
by death. 

Brother Rev/. A. D„ Hunter was called as pastor in November, 1902 for 
the coming year of 1903. Brother Fleming resigned as Deacon and Brother 
UJ. N. Critcher was elected to assistant deacon for the remainder of the 
year. Brother Pittard asked for help from the church in building the Qhurcl 
at Knotts Grove in October 1903. 

In August 1905 Poplar Creek was in a field church with Island Creek, 
and Rock Spring Churches, 

Drother H. T. Stevenson was called as pastor in January 1906. A 
committee was elected to lay off squares in the cemetery for the ones that 
wanted a square and did not have one, in March of 1905, 

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In April 1909 a committee was appointed to buy an organ and it was 
reported the $50. 0D plus the old organ could be traded for a new one. The 
new organ was received in October 1909. 

The first Sunday of each church year the church voted to have its 
annual Homecoming Day. We still observe this date in honor of Dr. W. R. 
Cullom who preached his first sermon on October 4, 1896, and contributed 
so much to the lives of his church members. 

Wo are still continuing our growth at Poplar Creek Church, even though 
we are small in number we are indeed large in heart and have made many 
changes at Poplar Creek, since the first church history written by Mrs, 
Elizabeth Capps Parrott, wife of H. D. Parrott, Sr. We have members added, 
some moving and others lost by death, we are still striving to make Poplar 
Creek a better and more Christian Church to worship in and enjoy the 
fellowship that we have always had. 

IV! r. Zlames Landon Capps was our church clerk from 1914 until his death 
in 1927, at this time Mrs. H. Q. Parrott was appointed church clerk which 
she served for some time. In Mrs. Parrott's history of the church she ob- 
tained a lot of information from Dr. Cullom's notes and with his help she 
furnished us with the first history, and Dr. Cullom had about 500 copies 
printed and paid for them himself. We still have only a few that >. jmembers 
held on to, so for the benefit of all we have furnished a copy in the first 
of the book. 

In 1914 Brother E. R. CJelson purchased two collection baskets for the 
church. We do not know if they are the same ones which we use in our 
services today or not. 

In March 28, 1914 Mrs. Ben Harris wanted possession of the old book- 
cose made by her Uncle Merriman Parrish, on motion the church voted to 
retain it. It is still in possession and in use in the church today, 1975, 

The churches were more strict with their members in the older days 
than now. In one case recorded it refused a member his letter on grounds 
of not being in full fellowship with the church and by refusing to apolo- 
gize to the church. After 13 months he apologized to the church and 
received his letter. 

In 1918 the church subscribed to the Biblical Recorder. March 6, 
1920 the school house operated by Poplar Creek Church was sold to the high- 
est bidder for $145.00 to Mr. 0. M. Capps to be used as a store. 

First painting of the outside of church in October, 1920 and purchased 
song books. 

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The church organ was turned over to Mr. A. P. Barnes a piano dealer 
in part payment of a new piano, in September 1, 1922. Poplar Creek has 
been in many church fields with other churches and at the present, 1977, 
we are still in the Flat River Association, which we became a part of in 
1365. At present we are having church services each Sunday except the 
fifth Sunday of each month. 

In March 1921 again Dr. Cullom came to Poplar Creek and served in 
capacity until 1928. Many changes took place while he was here and the 
church obtained insurance at a cost of $9.00 in 1916 on the building and 
has increased it several times as the church is increased in value and 
additional space. 

In 1924 George Ellington willed to Poplar Creek Church on the death 
of his wife a certain piece of land that he formerly owned and to be sold 
and the proceeds from this sale be given to the church. This land was 
sold on February 16, 1924 and on April 5, 1925 the church agreed to use 
the money total $220.00 to pay the building committee for use in covering 
the church, and to use cedar shingles. This land contained 13 acres, 
situated on railroad north end of Dabney. Mr. T. T. Hicks bought the land. 

On October 5, 1925 the question of all-day serudce was discussed and 
in view of a recent hail storm in the community they would not have it at 
this time, but would next year. 

Mrs. Sarah Ellington Capps, wife of Dames Landon Capps gave to the 
church the communion service set in 1926. This is the one we use today. 

A piano which was purchased from Mr. A. P. Barnes on September 1, 1922 
with a balance due of $120.00 was cancelled with the money going to the 
church to be used for the object most needed at the request of Mr, Barnes 
in the form of the following letter: 
"To the members of Poplar Creek Baptist Church 
Dear Brethren and Sisters: 

Owing to the fact that a great destructible hailstorm passed over your 
community and destroyed nearly the entire crops which you had in progress, 
I wish to make to the church a gift of the remainder of the account which 
I hold against you for a piano I sold your committee for the church. Bal- 
ance due me is $120.00. There are many of your members who had subscribed 
and paid their subscriptions, others who had not paid their pledges and 
others who wanted to help in paying this bill and had not subscribed, I 
am requesting all who had not contributed to this piano fund to pay this 
balance of $120.00 into your church treasury as soon as you can and let 

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the church use it for the object most needed. 

Very truly yours, 
A. P. Oarncs 

Qn December 9, 1925 one of the church's faithful members passed aujay 
and it was agreed that her obituary of Mrs. George UJ-. Wright bo put into, 
the minutes of the church on motion made by Dr. 111. R. Cullom of Wake Forest 
who wrote this in memory of her. It was so done. 

ODITUARY OF MRS. GEORGE 111. UJRIGHT 
Mrs. G. HI. Wright died at her home in Vance County on December 9, 1925 and 
was laid to rest at Poplar Creek Daptist Church Cemetery on December 11, 
1925. A host of friends from far and near gathered to pay their tribute of 
love and respect to one who hod served her day end generation after the 
manner of the Saints of old. Sister Wright (Fannie Rebecca Collins) was 
born at Winston-Salem, February 7, 1848. Sho was educated at Oxford College 
under the direction of 3. H. Mills. 

On December 6, 1365 sho was married to Dro. George W. Wright and in 
1366 was baptized into the fellowship of Poplar Creek Daptist Church. She 
became the mother of nine children, four of whom proceeded her to the land 
of rest and five of whom, with their honored father, still survive. The 
home of these good pecplo was always on open house to the servant of tho 
King. From 1866 to the day of her death, God's Holy Dook and the Oiblical 
Recorder were the influences that created and controlled the atmosphere of 
their home, and what a joy it was to 3. S. Strodley, R. H. Marsh and other 
pastors that came to her church to enjoy the calm assurance of this home. 

It will be noted that her home was started just after thot awful up- 
heaval called the Civil War. Other fierce and trying political and 
religious upheavals came to her community and many were shaken to the ex- 
tent of losing their bearings. Not so with this good woman. Through storm 
and trial that constituted the severest test, sho maintained an equili- 
brium that was born of abiding faith in God. In body, mind, and Spirit, 
it could be said of her as of many great souls, she came through groat 
tribulations. In the most of trial and suffering however, no word of com- 
plaint was hoard to como from her. On the contrary both in season and out 
of season, she bore herself with patience and dignity that was bound to 
convince those about her of the reality of an unseen helper. Coupled with 
these strong convictions and this beautiful spirit, was a readiness to 
spend and be spent in practical service to those about her. May a doublo 
portion of her spirit fall upon and abide in her loved ones and friends. 
And so may hor lifo go and be 

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multiplied manifold in the Hues of those who may come after her; for the 
world is in great need of such spirits and such lives. "She hath done what 
she could; therefore, well done good and faithful servant; enter thou into 
the joy of thy Lord." 

Ui. R. Cullom, Wake Forest, N. C. 

In 1926 Brother G. W. Wright, Sister H. B. Parrott and Brother J. L. 
Capps were asked to rewrite the church records as of February 1926, 

On March 27, 1927 memorial services were held for Brother UJ, A. 
Critchor at 3:00 o'clock. 

In April, 1927 the church having no separate classrooms decided to 
have some and they obtained enough curtain goods for curtains to partition 
off classrooms in the church. 

June 7, 1929, Dr. Cullom, Rev. E. R. Nelson and a good many members of 
Poplar Creek and other friends met at the home of G. UJ. UJright to help him 
celebrate his 92nri birthday. Songs were sung, prayer was offered and shor'' 
talks made. Brother UJright had planned to serve refreshments that night 
thinking his friends were to gather at a later hour. lYlr. UJright was de- 
lighted but declined as delegate to the association for which they 
nominated him, due to his health. Ilflr. UJright died on March 8, 1930 at 
the age of 92. He was buried on Monday, March 10, 1930. Mr. UJright at 
his death was treasurer of Poplar Creek having served his church to his 
fullness. Dr. Cullom assisted by Dr. Ellis of Henderson and Rev. E. R. 
Nelson a former pastor, conducted Mr. Wright's funeral services. His 
death was followed in a few short weeks by that of his daughter Miss 
fflattie Wright and also in a short time by the death of Ida Burroughs, 
faithful colored servant for 40 years. 

In December 1930, Dr. Cullom presented to Poplar Creek about 400 
copies of "History of Poplar Creek Church," by Mrs. H. B. Parrott. Dr. 
Cullom himself was responsible for the publishing cost of these copies 
"with his tender love," a parting gift so to speak, as Dr. Cullom was re- 
signing from the church as full time pastor. (See Chapter I for history). 

In May, 1933 Poplar Creek lost another of its faithful and concerned 
members, Sister Mary Parrott, wife of Eugene C. Parrott after several 
years of declining health. 

In Duly, 1933, Dr. Charles T. Ball who was raised in the community and 
has become very prominent in the Baptist denomination, preached the 
revival sermon for Poplar Creek. 

April 1933, Poplar Creek lost one of its most outstanding and beloved 

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members, Mr, Amos Parrott, who died on Monday, April 30, 1933 about 4:30 
in the afternoon. He mas buried at Poplar dreek Cemetery two days later., 
"I wish that wc might pause in this period of worship to think for a few 
moments of one who for more than twenty-five years occupied a place of 
confidence and trust in our beloved Church and Sunday School. 
I refer to the life and death of Brother Amos G. Parrot; his life will be 
remembered in this community as long as this generation lives. It was a 
shining example of the place all of us hope to attain, in that it counted 
so much to his family, his community and his Church. His death was a dis- 
tinct loss to us, because his death took from us a friend, a good worker 
and a dependable Christian gentleman. Few people have lived among us who 
made such a contribution to his community life; he was active in the affairr 
of his county, giving of his time and talent in helping to shape the policy 
of government; he was a great help in local gatherings offering suggestions 
which made each meeting a greater success and with his own hand made arrange 
ments which were were wise and helpful. 

We shall miss the good advice ho had for us, we shall miss the port 
that he has played hero, and our only consolation is that he was spared so 
long to help and advise. He was a faithful worker in his Church; at the 
time of his death he was serving on the board of Deacons, which is the 
highest office we as a church could bestow on a member. He felt it a duty 
to be at his church whenever services were being hold, and in a remarkable 
way attended almost every service. UJe extend to his family our sympathy 
and love, and hope that his going will only prove a greater activity on 
their part to fill his placo. We would like to hove a copy of this resolu- 
tion handed the family, a copy sent the Biblical Recorder, and a copy given 
for- the permanent records of this church." 

fflrs. Ferrell Hart 
S. T. LoMay 
Marvin Boyd 
Committee 

On the first Sunday in Dune 1936, Mr. Back Howard of Greenville, l\l. C, 
made a talk on "Layman's Day," a movement mode by the Flat River Associa- 
tion to be in our yearly services. 

In 1937, the UJomon's Missionary Union of the church made some improv- 
ing in the interior of the church. 'JJalls refinished and shades provided 
for the windows at a cost of $30.00 

In September 1938, Mr. L. R. Ball, one of the oldest members and life- 
long member of the church died after a lengthy illness. 



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On dune 11, 1939 the first marriage in 20 years at Poplar Creek took 
■place between Miss Mildred Hart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Hart who 
becane the bride of Nelson Bowden of New Bern, N. C, with Rev. UJ . D. Poe 
performing the ceremony. 

In 1940 in the spring the missionary society of the church planted 
shrubbery in front of the church making it more attractive. 

October 4, 1940 the 47th annual session of Flat River Association was 
held at Poplar Creek. This was the first time the church has been host 
church since 1913, 27 years ago. 

In 1941 the oldest member of the church Mr. 0. U. Fleming passed away, 
along with Mrs. P. E. Wilkinson, another oldest member. She and Mr. Flem- 
ing were brother and sister. Two more of the older members passed away, 
Mrs. L. R. Ball and Mrs. Ellen Parrott. These were four very active and 
dedicated members of the church. 

Rev. John H. McCrimmons was pastor in 1943 while the church was in the 
field with west End and Middleburg Churches. 

Many boys from the church and community served in the army during 
World UJar II from Poplar Creek. They were Carlyle LUright, H. B. Parrott, Or., 
Amos Parrott, Cecil Capps, M. C. Boyd, William Ellington, Dorsey Fleming 
Hart, Melvin Boyd, Layden Greenway and John Capps. Several church members 
lost their lives in the war, Clifton Harris, Bernard Coley and Cleveland 
Greenway who was killed in November, 1944. Serving from the community were: 
Mac Arle Crews, Glen Harte, Seth Glover. Julian Greenway, a member of Harris 
Chapel Methodist Church, lost his life in the war also. 

Mrs. 3. U. Fleming passed away in 1944, one of the church's faithful 
members. 

In June 1945, Mr. E. C. Brewer was ordained as Deacon. This year 
the church put on a new roof, and it also lost two more of its dedicated 
members: Mr. Garland Parrott and Mr. Eugene C. Parrott. 

In October 1943, Rev. 111. D. Poe who was the moderator of the Flat 
River Association for a good many years passed away. 

In April of 1950 the interior of the church was improved by putting 
up new walls, new floors and the refinishing of the benches was started. 
Also in this same month, the members of the church along with our pastor 
Rev. Ray Hodges and Mr. Bill Pierson of Jake Forest, N. C, took a reli- 
gious census in the community in connection with the Flat River Association. 
On the third Sunday night in April the church members met at the Qabnsy 
School due to the remodeling of the church. The church voted to try to 
raise the money for the remodeling job rather than borrow it from the bank. 

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In September the church had a secret ballot to elect tmc deacons, 
M. C. Boyd and Mr. Clarence Moore were their choice, and they mere ordained 
on the second Sunday night in November 

In February of 1951 me had joint revival services with the- Dexter 
Church due to the fact that Dexter was being remodeled. Rev. Ray Hodges 1 
uncle gave many selections of spiritual music. This revival was conducted 
in simultaneous revival held over the Southern Baptist Convention. 

In March of 1952 Rev.lil. 3. Edwards became the pastor and was with us 
until the last of April 1355. Rev. Edwards left to become the Flat River 
Association Director. During his pastorate the church installed gas furn- 
aces before the Dune Revival. 

I0e had several supply pastors in September 1955. The church called 
Rev. E. T. Vinson as our pastor, and he was our pastor until October 1, 
1959. 

In October of 1955 tho members began plans for an addition to the 
church and in February of 1956 they presented them to the church with 
approval. The contract was given to Mr. Morgan of Oxford, N. C. for two 
additional rooms on the front of the church and a vestibule and two rooms 
in the church with folding doors to be used as classrooms or additional 
space for services. The work was completed in April of 1956 at a cost of 
$3722.00 and in October 1957 the church paid the debt in full. During this 
time the church members presented "Queen for a Day" at the Dabney School 
with the help of other members from the community. 

In 1957 a secret ballot was hold to elect two deacons and Conly Capps 
and Adrian Ball were elected. 

In 1958 some more remodeling ujas done on the church with the building 
being pointed and restrooms added at the back of the church. A well was 
also dug at this time. Mr. John Franklin was the contractor for this job. 
In Dune a cement walk was put across the front of the church at a cost of 
$53.82. 

In Duly the church sold some timber off the church property for 
$275.00 and $195.00 was used for the painting of the church. 

Our church records show that there's a lot of history about our church 
that we do not realize. On August 9, 1959 it is written, "one of our 
faithful members, Mr. D. M. Capps, was buried today in our church cemetery. 
His presence in our church and community will be missed greatly." 

On Septcmbor 13, the wedding of Miss Patsy Ruth Moss to Mr. Billy Sims 
took place. And on September 27, 1959 tho church presented to Rev. E. T. 
Vinson and wife a silver fruit bowl as this was his last service for the 

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church, 

Octobor 1960 on the 2nd the annual Homecoming for the church was 
observed as this mas the 100th anniversary of the founding and establishing 
of Poplar Creek Church in the year of our Lord 1060. Our pastor Rev. Durn- 
ham delivered the sermon "The Model Church." Mrs. C. H. Groenway hod 
written a small sketch about the past history of the church for this 
special occasion. This is found in port two of this booklet. 

Rov. Millard Dcnnott was our supply pastor from March 18, 1961 until 
until August 19, 1961, and on November 19, 1961 the church colled Rev. 
Charles Parker as minister of the church which ho served for several years 
and resigned to go to Lumbcrton, l\l. C. on May 11, 1965. 

On December 31, 1961 a "Watch Service" was held at the church from 
10 until 12 with a good attendance and refreshments served. 

The church painted and installed carpet in April, 1962. This added so 
much to the oppearanco of the interior of the church. The progress of the 
church has indeed grown, but not without the help of the loyal members of 
Poplar Creek it would not hove been possible. 

Our church was host church to the Flat River Association on Octobor 
24, 1962, with the attendance of over 200 guests. The ladies of the church 
served Drunswick Stew, barbecue, potato salad and slaw, along with cakes, 
pics and drinks. The flowers for this occasion were furnished by Mrs. 
Frances Doyd Hayes in memory of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lucius Doyd, 
who were faithful members of this church. 

On the 21st of October, 1962 at the regular services a pulpit Diblo 
was presented to the church by Mrs. Ruth Doyd Greenway and family in memory 
of her husband Charlie Greenway, Sr. and her son Cleveland Greenway. 

The church voted to buy a vacuum cleaner, since installing the now 
carpet, this would make it easier to clean and practical also. 

Again in 1962-63 on New Year's Eve the church hold a "New Year's Eve" 
service with a number of the church members attending. 

On April 14, 1963 wo again had the privilege of hearing Dr. HI. R. Cul- 
lorn, a dear Christian churchman, who served so long as pastor of the church 

Deacons were appointed by the pastor and approved to increase the 
number from 5 to 8. They are Amos Drawer, Dohn Capps, and Adrian Ball, 
with Dr. Cullom installing those men in a service, "Tho Laying on of Hands. 

Rov. Porker discussed buying two choirs and communion table for tho 
church and in Ouly 1963, Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Hayes gave the communion table 
in honor of her parents Mr. and Mrs. Lucius F. Doyd, this being the first 

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time UIG hod new pulpit furniture since the church was established, UJe 
agreed to sell the old ones to the highest bidder and the money to bo used 
for partial payment of the new. This motion was lator declined. 

Homecoming was held with a former pastor bringing the message, Rev, 
UJ. J. Edwards, with approximately 180 members, friends and guests attending. 
Also in October a special dedication service was hold for the now pulpit 
furniture: table by lYlr. and Mrs. H. T. Hayes, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. 
Lucius F. Boyd, one chair by the LeMay family in memory of their father and 
deacon S. T. LcMoy, another chair by Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Drewer in memory of 
Deacon and Mrs. Amos Porrott. 

In this year, a book "The Cullom Lantern," written by James H. Black- 
more was published on the life and events of Dr. UJ. H. Cullom, a long-time 
pastor of this church. A few of the members ore mentioned in the book. 

Easter service was a very special occasion for Rev. and Mrs. Charles 
Parker as they become the paronts of a son, Christopher. The church wishes 
the best for tho parents and son. In May he was christened in the church, 
along with tho Mother's Day program. This was a very meaningful event. 
Mrs, Johnnie Gruenway was the oldest member, Mrs. Charles Parker, youngest, 
and Mrs. Amos Drewer sharing tho honor with Mrs. Porker, Mrs. Adrain Ball 
with the most children. 

Bibles were presented to the graduates of the church as this was 
started in July, I960 with the presenting of the first Bible going to A. 3. 
Ball. Since than they have boon given to Pam Groenway, Jerry Moss, Ken- 
neth Ball, Dennis Groenway and on this day went to Betty Crews, Jerry Capps, 
Gory Sparks, Jimmy Nutt with Mrs. Wilson Parrott in charge of this program. 

The church was painted in 1964 for the Homecoming services, with many 
making the remark that it was very nice looking. 

In April, 1965 wo began to hove Easter Sunrise Service at the church 
and have continued it together with other churches joining us--Horris 
Chapel and Rehoboth Methodist Churches, and having it a different church 
each year. 

Rev. Parker resigned as pastor of our church on May 11, 1965 and with 
dcop regrets, the church remembered him and his wife with a going away gift 
of a silver tray. 

Rev. Eugene Hawkins was pastor from July 4, 1965 to June 25, 1966; 
during this time he was married and brought his bride to be with us as 
church members. 

Homecoming was held as usual but the time was cut short due to the 



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loss of one of our members, Miss Annie Ellington whose funeral mas held 

at the church. Another one of our members Mrs. H. 0. (Minnie) Hicks passed 

a may at the age of 93 in 1966. 

Rev. Hawkins was ordained at the Roxboro Baptist Church while he was 
our pastor on October 24, 1965. 

Mrs. Goode Fleming gave us a very nice and useful gift of our present 
organ in loving memory of her late husband who was one of our church mem- 
bers. The dedication for this gift was held on July 10, 1966 with Mr. Amos 
Orewer, our Sunday School Superintendent presiding and special music was 
played by Mrs. Flossie LeMay, niece of Mr. ^leming. 

Poplar Creek is a very small church but we hove been very fortunate in 
obtaining some of the finest pastors to grace our pulpit. One such man was 
Rev, Norris Wilson who became our pastor in August 1956 and served in that 
capacity until his death on April 23, 1969. During his service this church 
acquired a microphone given by Mr. Louis Greenwayj air conditioning was 
installed, and an outside bulletin board was installed in the churchyard. 
This was given by Mr. E. C. Orewer, Mr. Irvin IMutt, Mr. D. Mac Crews and 
Mr. Charlie LeMay. 

A joint revival service was held with Harris Chapel Methodist Church 
starting April 13, 1S69 with Rev. Andy Hall, pastor of Harris Chapel preach- 
ing the first three nights and Rev. Wilson the last three nights. On 
Sunday before the joint services, Rev. Wilson was stricken with illness 
that left him blind in one eye, yet he filled the pulpit those last three 
nights, and on April 28, 1969 Rev. Norris UJilson passed away at Duke Hos- 
pital after only a brief illness. Rev. Hall preached his service from our 
church and several of the members journeyed to Gaffney, S. C. for his 
services on May 1, 1969. 

Rev. Richard J. Englert, Dr., became our pastor Duly 6, 1969 and 
served until May 30, 1971 at which time the church presented him with a 
painting of Poplar Creek Church as this was his first church he served. 

Rev. John Phillips has been our supply pastor and on June 27, 1971 was 
called to full time pastor. Under his ministry we have done a great deal 
of improving in our churchj with the addition of stained glass windows, 
each being given by a church family in memory or honor of loved ones| with 
dedication services held October 3, 1971 at annual Homecoming Sunday. UJe 
began a goal to add an educational building and in June, 1975, we gave the 
contract to Mr. Jimmy Knight, a member of the church, with the hope that 
it would be completed for Homecoming. Mr. Knight had our building ready 



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for use on Homecoming October 9, 1975. life are very proud of this building 
and it has held many church functions mithin our church as me 11 as some 
other activities, with the first function being in the form of a Halloween 
Carnival for church members and visitors on October 31, 1975. This is to 
become an annual affair. The church organized an Acteen group, but for 
several reasons after a while it was disbanded with the hope that it may 
one day be reorganized. Our library was reorganized with Mrs. Elizabeth 
Parrott, Librarian and has added new materials and books. 

On March 1977 at 9 o.' clock a new steeple was added to our church which 
added much to the appearance of the church. 

April 24, 1977 was the dedication Sunday for the refinished pews, 
which were purchased in 1902 and the steeple. In November the members 
added cushions to the pews for the comfort of members. Our pastor made 
song racks and added them to the pews which were very much appreciated. 

Aluminum siding was added to the original building and the church 
bought some outdoor equipment for the children and teenagers to use: 
basketball goal, volleyball net, balls and horseshoes. 

In February 1978 the beautif icotion committee recommended that the 
walls, ceiling and floors be refinished. This met with the approval of 
the church and also the addition of new hanging lights which we are so 
proud of. This was done with the help of members and one of our loyal and 
faithful members, 

A plaque was presented to Mr. Lyman 0. Wilkinson at a special spaghetti 
supper on February 1978, honoring him with love and appreciation from the 
church. 

Flowers by the Acteen group were planted around the outdoor bulletin 
board, and the ground committee lowered the markers in the cemetery. 

In 1979-1980 fiscal year the church did some more remodeling with 
adding a choir loft and baptistry; this was done through the generosity of 
loved ones, memorial fund and church members. On March 30, 1900 the. church 
library caught fire with it confined to that room only, and only srnoke- 
damaged the books. we are grateful for the quickness of one of our neigh- 
bors, Mr. S. 0. Parham who informed us of this misfortune. 

On April 13, 1900 the outdoor bell was completed and rung for the 
worship service by Dohn Capps, 3r. Also step railings and new outdoor 
carpet added for the improvement and convenience of the members. UJe also 
took up the large shrubbery and planted smaller ones. 

On August 17, 1980 dedication services were held for the choir loft 
and baptistry which were "Given to the Glory of God in honor of Lyman D. 

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Wilkinson, August 17, 1930." In the words of the above inscription our 
baptistry and choir loft mill be dedicated to Lyman Drooks Wilkinson. Mr. 
Wilkinson became a member of Poplar Creek in 1912 when the Reverend E. R, 
Nelson urns pastor. Mr. Wilkinson was born on September 16, 1896, to a 
family which had already been affiliated with Poplar Creek for many years. 
During the past several years his financial generosity has made a number of 
improvements possible for Poplar Creek. However his love for his church 
and his faithfulness have been even more important than his gifts. He is 
genuinely concerned for the spiritual growth and the loving fellowship of 
the members of his church. All of us owe hirn a debt of love and thankful- 
ness. 

Also on August 17, 1980 dedication services were held for the baptis- 
try painting "Given to the Glory of God in loving memory of Eugene C. 
Drewer, August 17, 1980." In the words of the above inscription the 
beautiful painting for our baptistry will be dedicated to Eugene Clifton 
Drewer. Kir. Drewer was a long-time member of Poplar Creek, a beloved 
leader and deacon. Although he was a Methodist before he become a Daptist, 
he was one of our most devoted and faithful members. He was born Dune 3, 
1911 and died September 24, 1977. Mr. Drewer became a Daptist in 1943, 
some time after marrying Edna Earl Parrott, pianist for Poplar Creek at the 
time of their marriage. He become a deacon in 1945, and at the time of his 
death he was chairman of the deacons at Poplar Creek. Through his fine 
Christian example, his financial support, and his continuing interest in 
the development of his church, lYIr. Drewer made a lasting and greatly 
appreciated contribution to Poplar Creek Daptist Church. 

The painting of the mural in the baptistry was done by Mr. Charles 
Schwitzer, who has done many religious paintings and we are grateful that 
he was chosen to do ours. It leaves an inspiring message in one's self as 
he looks upon the painting. 

Poplar Creek has made many improvements, additions and has in the 
future many things in mind. Out lot us remember that without the love and 
faithfulness of the members who have given time, effort, generous contri- 
butions to every project this would not havo been possible. We look for- 
ward to a brighter future in love, friendship and Christian faith. 



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PASTORS 

Rev. E. F. Oeachum 1B63-1866 Poplar Creek's first Pastor) 

Rev. 3. L. Carroll 1366-1868 Rev. Dr. Ui. R. Cullom 1921-1933 

Rev. 3. A. Stradley 1868-1875 Rev. 3. III. Davis 1933 

Rev. F. R. Underwood 1878-1880 Rev. 111. D. Poe 1941 

Rev. Dr. R. H. Marsh 1880-1894 Rev. 3ohn (YlcCrimmons 1944 

Rev. T. D. Hill 1894-1894 Rev. Talmadge Smith 1945 

Rev. Ul. R. Cullorn 1894-1902 Rev. B. IKI. Gordon 1949 

Rev. A. D. Hunter 1902-1905 Rev. Ray Hodge 1950-1951 

Rev. Herman T. Stevens 1906-1908 Rev. 111. 3. Edwards 1952-1955 

Rev. 3. A. Stradley 1909-1910 Rev. E. T. Vinson 1955-1959 

Rev. E. R. Nelson 1911-1913 Rev. Oirnmie Durnham 1960 

Rev. H. G. Dryan 1913 Rev. Millard Dennett 1961 

Rev. E. R. Nelson 1914-1916 Rev. Charles Parker 1961-1965 

Rev. 3. U. league 1917-1919 Rev. Eugene Hawkins 1965-1966 

Rev. S. L. Morgan 1919-1920 Rev. Norris UJilson 1966-1969 

Rev. E. R. Nelson 1920 Rev. Richard 3. Englert, Jr. 1969-1971 

Rev. 3ohn W. Phillips 1971 



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Deacons and Deaconess of Poplar Creek Church 1858-1980 
Adrian Jerome Ball, Sr., Chairman 
James Conly Capps, Sr., V ice-Chairman 



* 
* 



* 



Adrian Jerome Ball, Sr, 
Lucius Fleming Boyd 
Marvin Cullom Boyd 
Rubin Marvin Boyd 
Amos Clifton Brewer 
Eugene Clifton Bremer 
J. E. Callis 
James Conly Capps, Sr. 
James Landon Capps 
John Landon Capps 
Barnes MacArle Creujs 
Willie N. Critcher 
G. 'dJ. Ellington 
James Upsher Fleming 
Larry Thomas Greenujay 
Louis Lanning Greenujay 



Daniel Wayne Guin 

* (firs. Ferol Fleming Hart (Mrs. Dorsey) 

* S. S. Hicks 

* J. T. Holloiuay 

* Stephen Thomas LeMay 

* Clarence Broadus Moore 
Jerry Lee Moss 
L. P.. Parham 
Amos Gooch Parrott 
Eugene Crawford Parrott 
Nelson Vernon Parrott 
Charlie Gaston Patterson 
Thomas Patterson 
Billy Neujcomb Simms 
Peyton Eduiin Wilkinson 
5. Otha Wilson 



* Deceased 



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BIBLES presented to church members 

Since I960 Poplar Creek has presented a personal engraved Bible to each 

member of Sunday School who graduates from High School in hopes that it will 
remind them of the love and concern that the Church has for them in the 
future as they go their separate ways. 

1960 1973 

Adrian Jerome Ball, Dr. Philip Made Guin 

1961 1974 

Pamela Faye Greeniuay Robert UJinston Crews 



1962 

Jerry Lee Moss 

19 63 

Kenneth Bryon Ball 

Dennis Cleveland Greeniuay 



1965 

Larry Thomas Greeniuay 

1966 

Lynda Faye Capps 
Daniel Wayne Guin 
Charles David Parrott 

1967 

John Richard Greeniuay 

1968 

Michael Randolph Ball 
Bobby Cullom Boyd 
Nancy Gayla Capps 
Gloria Patsy Hedgepeth 

1969 

John William Owen, Jr. 

1970 

Jackie Rose Greeniuay 

Thomas Jeffrey Greeniuay 

1971 

Allen Richard Ball 

Marvin Gray Boyd 

1972 

Gary Ronald Ball 
Ronnie Blake Moore 
Doris Rose Oiuen 
Joseph Cyrus Omen 



John Michael Franklin 
Malcolm Allen Hedgepeth 

1975 

James Conly Capps, Jr. 
Regina Sue Capps 
Lisa Mobley Phillips 

1977 

Donald Fleming Crews 



1964 

Jerry Brooks Capps 

Betty Jean Crews 

James Norfleet Nutt 197B 

Gary Sparks Donna Karen Capps 

Eugenia Leigh Harris 
Jonathan LUilliam Phillips 



1979 

Letha Ann Capps 
Carolyn Ann Hedgepeth 
Christopher Ernst UJilson 



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GIFTS AMD DONATIONS TO CHURCH 

1. Land for church given by Bazel Burroughs and John H. Wright, 24th of 
September, 1B59. 

2. Pulpit Bible presented to Poplar Creek Church by Isiah R. Fuller, 
fiflay 8, A. D., 1860. (Rebound by church in 1977). 

3. Library case bought by church in 1898 to organize a church library at 
a cost of $11.35. It is still in use in the main sanctuary today. 

4. In 1902 pems were purchased for church and refinished in 1977. 

5. UJood from bookcase made by lYierriman Parrish, no date but given before 
march 1914. 

6. Communion service and collection plates given by mrs. Dames London 
Capps, still in use for our services in 1980. 

7. Piano purchased by church members, debt cancelled and given to church 
by A. P. Barnes in 1922. 

8. In 1953 the church bought neuj gas furnaces to replace wood stoves. 

9. In 1956 two new class rooms were added with a "Queen For A Day," held 
with many from neighborhood donating time and talent for this. 

10. New pulpit Bible presented to church in memory of Charlie Greenway, 
by his wife mrs. Ruth Greenway and also in memory of their son 
Cleveland Greenway, October 21, 1962. 

11. Communion Table, given in memory of Hflr. and mrs. Lucius Fleming Boyd, 
by Frances Boyd and H. T. Hayes, 1963. 

12. Pulpit chair, given in memory of Amos G. and Dora G. Parrott, by Edna 
P. and Eugene C. Brewer, 1963. 

13. Pulpit chair, given in memory of IBr. Thomas LelTlay, by wife filrs. Verna 
F. Lefllay and his family, 1963. 

14. Pulpit given in memory of Dr. 111. R. Cullom, by members of Poplar 
Creek Baptist Church, 1963. 

15. Organ presented to church by mrs. Goode Fleming in memory of her late 
husband, Goode Fleming, July 10, 1966. 

16. Air conditioner donated by Harriet and Henderson Yarn Company, 
June 18, 1967. 

17. Outdoor bulletin board given by fflr. E. C. Brewer, Blr. B. IB. Crews, 
Iflr. Charlie Ledflay and Mr. Irvin Nutt, August 17, 1968. 

18. Christ picture given in memory of H. B. Parrott, by daughter ITlary 
Elizabeth Parrott warren, no date. 

19. Gold flower urn given by Susie Alston in memory of mrs. Ola Boyd, 
no date. 

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20. Pulpit lamp given in memory of Nelson Parrott by Mrs. Kenton l\l. Parrott, 
no date. 

21. Silver flower urn given in memory of Dorothy Nutt, April 12, 1909- 
filay 9, 1970, by Patricia Nutt Curl and Irvin Y. Nutt. 

22. In 1971 the Junior department collected bottles and sold dish cloths 
to purchase the American and Christian flags for the church. Members 
were: David Ball, Donna Capps, Donnie Crews, Eugenia Harris and 
Jonathan Phillips. 

23. Stained glass windows added to church September 12, 1971 with members 
giving windows. 

24. December 8, 1974, Mr . Louis Greenway gave the church a speaker system. 

25. New Sunday School board purchased December, 1975, by church. 

26. Mr. Jimmy Knight gave railings, storm windows, gutters with new 
addition in 1975. 

27. Aluminum siding and steeple given by lYlr. Lyman Wilkinson. 

28. Louis Greenway gave water cooler for education building in 1975. 

29. Church steeple was installed March 17, 1977 on a Thursday at 10:00 A.M., 
given by lYlr . Lyman Brooks Wilkinson. 

30. Bench bookracks donated by Rev. John LU . Phillips, 1977. 

31. Library bookcase made and given by David Parrott, 1973. 

32. Hanging lights in church given by church members and Lyman B. Wilkinson 
in 1978. 

33. Old pulpit refinished by Margaret and Louis Greenway in honor of their 
grandchildren, dated October 7, 1979. 

34. Church bell given by Lyman Wilkinson with John R. Hedgepeth giving yoke, 
pole by Holden Oil Co., bolts and nuts by Harris Swain, installed April 
10, 1980. 

35. Small library table made from original church wood. (Ylr . Lyman Wilkinson 
had table made and gave to church, September, 1979. 

36. Bible stand made and given to church by Rev. John W. Phillips, 1980. 

37. Choir loft and baptistry given by church members and Lyman B. Wilkinson; 
dedicated to Mr. Wilkinson, August 17, 1980. 

38. memorial funds given in remembrance of Mrs. Hunter Harris, Hilman moss, 
Eugene C. Brewer and Irvin Nutt by loved ones has made it possible for us 
to accomplish building of choir loft and baptistry. Painting in baptistry 
given by memorial funds and loved ones in memory of Mr. Eugene C. Brewer, 
dedicated to Mr. Brewer, August 17, 1980. 

39. Glass on communion given by anonymous person. 

40. Picnic table given by anonymous person. 

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WINDOWS-1977 

1. In memory of Dora Greeniuay Parrott 1885-1956, Amos G. Parrott 1880-1933 
Given by Eugene C. and Edna Parrott Brewer and Elizabeth G. and Wilson 
Parrott. 

2. In memory of Dorothy Parrott Nutt 19D9-1970, given by Irvin Nutt, Sr. 
and Jimmy Nutt. 

3. In memory of Ferol Fleming Hart, 1894-1967, I. Dorsey Hart 1881-1966, 
given by: Isabelle Hart Raynor, filildred Hart Bowden and I. Darsey Hart. 

4. In memory of Florence Greeniuay UJright 1881-1962, George Seba Wright 
1877-1966, given by the Seba UJright family. 

5. In memory of Domes IKlcElree Copps, 1895-1959, given by Dames Conly Capps 
and Dohn London Capps. 

6. In memory of nettie F. Wilkinson 1855-1941, Peyton E. Wilkinson 
1857-1041, given by Lyman D. Wilkinson. 

7. In memory of Wary Parrott Gall 1878-1941, Luther R, Gall 1868-1938, 
given by the Luther R. Doll family. 

8. In memory of C. C. Greeniuay, Sr., 3. Cleveland Greeniuay, C. H. Greeniuay, 
given by Mrs. C. C. Greeniuay, Sr. 

9. Presented by Louis and Margaret Greeniuay and family. 

10. Presented by Marvin and Gladys Doyd. 



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DENCHES - 

1. Adrian and Pearl Dall 

2. Mrs. Ruth C. Greenuay, given by Dean and Audrey Honeycutt, 8-21-77 

3. Regina, Donna, Letha and 3ohn Capps, 3r. 

4. Dilly and Patsy Simms, 8-21-77 

5. Given in memory of Peyton E. and Detty F. Wilkinson, by Lyman D. 
Wilkinson, 3une 26, 1977 

6. Given in memory of lYlelvin T. Goyd by H. T. and Frances Doyd Hayes, 
3une 25, 1977 

7. Given in Honor of Jonathan and Lisa Phillips by John IU. Phillips, 
August 21, 1977 

8. Given in Honor of Mrs. Lily IY1. Phillips, by John HI. Phillips, 
August 21, 1977 

5. Given in memory of C. C. Greenu/oy, Sr. by lYlary Greenuiay and Hilman 
Moss 

10. Given by lYlarvin and Gladys Doyd, December 25, 1977 

11. Given by John and Sue Capps, August 21, 1977 

12. Given in memory of Robert H. Harris by Derry and Peggy Harris Moss, 
August 21, 1977 

13. Given in memory of Mrs. Viola Fleming Satteriuhito by Oanie E. 
Satteriuhite 

14. Given in memory nf Mr. and Mrs. 3. U. Fleming by Mr. and Mrs. M. A. 
Coker 

15. To my wife Ruth, for a long happy life, 1978, Sid W. Wilson 

16. Given by 3. Conly and Peggy Capps 

17. Given in memory of Mr. and Mrs. S. T. LeMay by Charlie LeMay 

18. Presented by Danny, Faye, Dean and Kevin Guin, 1978 

19. Given by Dames Conly (3immy) Capps, Dr. 

20. Given in memory of Melvin D. and Johnnie D. Greeniuay by children; 
Mrs. Ouanita G. Guin, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Parrott and M. D. Green- 
iuay, Dr. 



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CHURCH ROLL 1860 
Abbott, Lessey, Mrs. 
Adams, Anne 
Adams, C. A. , Mrs. 
Adams, Fannie 
Adams, Pattie E. 
Adcock, E. G. 
Algood, Charley 
Allgood, Clara Mae 
Allgood, Fannie 
Allgood, Sallie 

* Averette, Sarah Parrott, Mrs • 

* Ball, Adrian Jerome Sr. (Deacon) 
Sail, Adrian Jerome, Jr. 

* Ball, Allen Richard 
Ball, Ann 

Ball, Anne 

Ball, B. F. 

Ball, Fannie Collins 

Ball, Charlie T. 

* Ball, David Wayne 
Ball, Dodson 
Ball, Gary Ronald 
Ball, Inez 

Ball, James 

* Ball, Kenneth Bryan 
Ball, Lucy 

Ball, Luther R. 

Bali, Mary Elizabeth McCann 

Ball, Mary Parrott 

Ball, Martha Barker 

Ball, Maude Critcher (Mrs. Benjamin F.) 

Ball, Myra 

Ball, Marie (see Green) 

* Ball, Pearl Jackson (Mrs. Adrian, Sr.) 

* Ball, Peggy Overton (Mrs. Kenneth) 

* Ball, Michael Randolph 

* Ball, Vickie Roberson (Mrs. Randolph) 
Ball, William (Buster) 

Ball, William 



1980 

Barnes, Alex 

Barnes, B. C. (Carl) 

Barnes, B. C. Or. 

Barnes, Betty A. 

Barnes, Goode 

Barnes, Hilman 

Barnes, 0. J. 

Barnes, James (J.T.) 

Barnes, Jane 

Barnes, J. T. 

Barnes, John W. 

Barnes, Katie 

Barnes, Lyman 

Barnes, Luther 

Barnes, M. (Mrs.) 

Barnes, Melissa 

Barnes, Walter T. 

Barker, Martha (see Glover) 

Barker, Mattie 

Barker, Molly Ellington 

Barker, Mollie Parham 

* Beaman, Kay Woodard (Mrs. Tony) 

* Beaman, Tony Lynn 
Bobbitt, Arrey? S. 

Bobbitt, Mary Helen Capps (Mrs. T.V 

Bowling, Mrs. 

Bowling, Betty (Mrs. UJ.B.) 

Boujling, C. L. 

Bowling, Charles 

Bowling, Charles, Mrs. 

Bowling, J. 111. 

Bowling, Mary Jane 

Bowling, Richard 

Bowling, William B. or P. 

Bowling, W. P. 

Bowden, Mildred Harte, Mrs. 

Boyd, Bobby Cullom 

Boyd, Fredia Aiken (Mrs. Grey) 

Boyd, Gladys Ellington, (Mrs. R.M.) 



Boyd, Lucius Fleming (Deacon) 

* Boyd, Madge Marie 

* Boyd, Marvin Cullom (Deacon) 

* Boyd, Marvin Gray 
Boyd, Melvin 

* Boyd, Nellie Grey Barker (Mrs. M.C.) 
Boyd, Ola Ellington (Mrs. L.F.) 

* Boyd, Rubin Marvin (Deacon) 
Bradsher, Harold 

Brame, Isabelle 

Brame, Roberta Clark 

Breedlove, Lena Patterson 

Breedlove, Malissa 

Ireiuer, Amos Clifton (Deacon) 

Bremer, Chippy Leigh 

Breujer, Christopher 

Breujer, Edna Earl Parrott (Mrs. E.C.) 

Brewer, Eugene Clifton (Deacon) 

Breujer, Peggy Hester 

Brooks, Thelma Ball 

Burroughs, Robert 



Burton 
Callis 
Callis 
Callis 
Callis 
Callis 
Callis 
Callis 
Callis 
Callis 
Callis 
Callis 
Callis 
Callis 
Callis 
Callis 
Callis 
Callis 
Callis 



Horace 

Alice 

Charles 

c. m, 

D. E, 

E. L, 
E. T, 
Ella P. 

Fannie Rebecca 
Harriett E. Ellington 
Henry 

3. E. (Deacon) 
J. Roy 

Johnnie, Miss 
Katie E. 
L. B. 
L. D. 
L. E. 
L. L. 



Callis, Lillie, Miss 

Callis, Lizzie Parham 

Callis, Pearl 

Callis, R. L. 

Callis, R. R. 

Callis, Russell, 3r. 

Callis, S. C. 

Callis, S. D. 

Callis, Sally R. 

Callis, Sam 

Callis, Sophia H. UJright (Mrs. Richarc 

Callis, Sue Barnes 

Callis, Terry, Mrs. 

Capps, Cecil 'dJyche 

* Capps, Cynthia 3a Currin(Mrs. Jerry B 

* Capps, Donna Karen 
Capps, Edgar Leopold 
Capps, Hubert Marshall 

* Capps, James Conly, Sr. (Deacon) 

* Capps, Dames Conly, j"r. 
Capps, James Landon (Deacon) 
Capps, James McElree 

* Capps, John Landon, Sr. (Deacon) 

* Capps, John Landon, Jr. 

* Capps, Jerry Brooks 

* Capps, Julian McElree 

* Capps, Letha Ann 

* Capps, Louise (now Belmonte) 
Capps, Peggy Uaughan (Mrs. Conly) 

Capps, Sarah Ann Ellington (Mrs. James 

n r. ii /m -i u Landon) 

* Capps, Sue Hayes (Mrs. John 

L., Sr.) 

* Chappell, Myrtle Holloway 



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Clark, 


Ella 




Clark, 


Isabelle 111. 


Parrish 


Clark, 


J. L. 




Clark, 


Lucy 




Clark, 


Mary L. 




Clark, 


R. J. 




Clarke 


, Alice H. 




Clarke 


, Amy 





Clarke, Anna Fleming 

Clarke, Betty D. 

Clarke, Betty W. 

Clarke, Eugene 

Clarke, Hesakehie 

Clarke, J. E. 

Clarke, Mary F. Falkner 

Clarke, N. G. 

Clarke, Robert G. 

Clarke, Robert, Mrs. 

Clarke, Robert 

Clarke, Sarah Dane 

Clarke, Sarah Matthews 

Clarke, Shirley Parrott (Mrs. Gene) 

Clarke, Virginia F. 

Clarke, UJing 

Clarke, Z. R. 

Clarke, Z. R., [firs. 

Coley, Bernard 

Coley, L. G. 

Clayton, Lol, Sister 

Clopton, Estella 

Clopton, Orraude, Sister 

Clopton, Maggie 

Clopton, [flattie Leona Weaver 

Clopton, Martha Hester 

Clopton, Willie 

Collins, Mrs. 

Collins, Martha A. 

Collins, Susan A. 

Cottrell, Sallie (Tlae (Mrs. Elvin) 

Cottrell, Mary Ellen (nam White) 

* Crews, Barnes MacArle (Deacon) 
Crews, Betty Jean (now Cherry) 

* Crews, Donald Fleming 

* Crews, Nell Barnes (Mrs. Claude F.) 

* Crews, Nancy Winston (Mrs. Barnes 

* Crews, Robert Winston MacArle) 

Critcher, Brother 

Critcher, Allice, miss 

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Critcher, Calvin 

Critcher, Casper 

Critcher, Earl 

Critcher, 3. H. 

Critcher, J. H., Airs. 

Critcher, Katherine Ellington 

Critcher, Leona 

Critcher, Lillie 

Critcher, Maggie (or Maggy) 

Critcher, Mattie 

Critcher, Murray 

Critcher, Robert 

Critcher, Robert, Mrs. 

Critcher, W. A. 

Critcher, W. H. 

Critcher, Willie N. (Deacon) 

Crowder, Donnie Ray 

Crowder, Jackie Rose Greenujay (Mrs. 

Donnie) 
Currin, Bernice Louise (now Lambert) 

Currin, Billie Y. 

Currin, Bob, Brother 

Currin, D. C. 

Currin, George 

Currin, 3.111. or James, Brother 

Currin, Lucie 

Currin, Lucius 

Currin, Lucius, Mrs. 

Currin, Mary S. 

Currin, Nola Clements (Mrs. Hue) 

Currin, 0. C. 

Currin, Oliver, Brother 

Currin, Oliver, Mrs. 

Currin, Pantherina Cheatham (Mrs. R.S. 

Currin, R. M., Brother 

Currin, R. S., Brother 

Currin, Sallie 

Currin, Susie, Mrs. 

Delia, colored girl belonging to David 

Daniel, 3.G., Brother Stone 

Daniel, Tazzie Currin 



Darnell, J. G. 

Davis, J. H., Kirs. 

Davis, L. P. 

Davis, S. P. 

Davis, IU, H., Brother 

Debnam, J. R. 

Dickerson, John 

Duke, LU. D. 

Edwards, Donald 

Edmards, Sallie LUells, (Mrs. UJ.H.) 

Ellington? 



Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 



Mrs. 

Algie 

Algie, Mrs. 

Ammy (Mrs. Hicks) 

Annie R. 

Batt 

Bevel 

Boyd 

Marvin (Bud) 

C. T. 

C. T., Mrs. 

C. UJ. 
Charles 
Christina 

D. B., Brother 
Drewry, Mrs. 
Eliza 

Elsie, Miss 

Ethel (nom White) 

Fanny 

Frank 

Gona? 

G. til, (Deacon) 

H. G. 

H. n. 

Harry 
Herbert 
J. E., Mrs. 
James E. 



Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 
Ellington 



J. H. 

3. M. 

James 

James 

John Hill 

Jonas 

L. B. 

Lois Ellington (Mrs. LUallace) 

Louisa M. (Mrs. Meredith) 

Lucy A. 

Mary E., Mrs. 

Mary M., Mrs. 

Meredith G. 

Myra (now Harrison) 

Nancy 

Nannie Harris (Mrs. J.M.) 

Nola, Miss 

Patrick 

Patrick, Mrs. 

Roger 

Sadie, Mrs. 

Sallie, Sister 

Sidney 

Stella Hart, Mrs. 

Thomas 

Wallace 

UJilliam Lee 

Willis 



Ellington 
Elliott, H. G. 
Elliott, Lenfort 
Elliott, Ruby Green 
Elliott, Thorton 
Elliott, UJilliam M. or Lee 
Elliott, William, Mrs. 
Englert, Elizabeth 
Englert, Richard J. Jr., Rev. 
Evans, C. F. or T. 
* Farrow, Ruth Capps (Mrs. Thomas) 
Finch, Ann 
Finch, Brother 



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* 



Finch, Eliza Greenujay, D. R. 

Finch, J. IB., Brother * Greenujay, Dennis Cleveland 

Finch, John * Greenujay, Evelyn Clarke (Mrs. Charlie, Jr 

Finch, Lisa Mobley Phillips (iYlrs. Kim) * Greenujay, Gloria Currin (filrs. Larry) 

Finch or Finer, J. UJ. Greenujay, 3. UJ. 

Fleming, Fannie Greenujay, John Richard ■ 

Fleming, Goode Greenujay, Johnnie Barnes (Mrs. Melvin 0. 

Fleming, Isabelle Greenujay, Kenneth Sr 

Fleming, James Greenujay, Laden 

Fleming, James M. (Jim) * Greenujay, Larry Thomas (Deacon) 

Fleming, John R. * Greenujay, Louis Lanning (Deacon) 

Fleming, John UJ. * Greenujay, Melvin Dorsey, Jr. 

Fleming, John Upsher (Deacon) * Greenujay, Margaret Boyd (Mrs. Louis) 

Fleming, Lucy, Mrs. * Greenujay, Marie May (Mrs. Clarence) 

Fleming, Minnie Talley, Mrs. Greenujay, J. 

* 

Fleming, Minnie Wilkinson (Mrs. James U. )Greenujay, Ruth Boyd (Mrs. C.C.) 

Fleming, Nancy * Greenujay, Thomas Jeffrey 

Fleming, Sarah (Now Ellington) Gregory, Cleveland 

Floyd, J. Gresham, Martha Ann 

Floyd, Mary A. Gresham, Mary Lucille 

* Franklin, John Michael Gresham, Polly 

Fulcher, Arlene Grissom, Durellie 

Fulcher, Altron or Alaire Grissom, India 

Fulcher, Arch Grissom, Lottie, Miss 

Fulcher, George Grissom, Martha Ann 

Fuller, I. R., Brother * Guin, Daniel Wayne (Deacon) 

Gardner, Sylvia Lee Parrott George * Guin, Juanita Greenujay (Mrs. UJade) 

(Mrs. Charles) * 



Glover, Uiline lilomble (Mrs. Hayden) 
Gooche, Maggie 
Green, Marie Ball 



Guin, Lynda Faye Capps (Mrs. Daniel) 

* Guin, Philip UJade 

Hamm, Maxine Parrott (Mrs. Harold) 

Harris, colored belonging to Brother Jchr 
Green, Nancy D. UJ. Barne: 

Green, Stephen, Brother * Harris, Alice Jean Breujer (Mrs. C. Y., J:; 

Green, Stephen, Mrs. Harris, Betty A. Ellington 

Greenujay, C. C. Harris, Clifton 

Gieenmay, Cleveland Harris, E. C. 

Greenujay, Clarence Coatney * Harris, Eugenia Leigh 

Greenujay, Charlie, Jr. Harris, Sid or Gid 

Greenujay, Cullom Hardie Harris, Jamas H. 

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Harris, Harvsy C. 

Harris, Hunter Fleming 

Harris, L. L. 

Harris, Sue 

Hart, Carrie Patterson, fflrs. 

Hart, Chloe Parrott (fflrs. Dorsey) 

Hart, Dorsey Fleming 

Hart, Ferol Fleming (Mrs. Dorsey, St.) 

u . T n (Deaconess) 

Hart, I. Dorsey 

Hart, 3. A. 

Hart, 3. A., Mrs. 

Haiukins, Albert Eugene 

Haiukins, Rita Jane Fergerson (Mrs. Eugene) 

Hayes, Frances Boyd (Mrs. H.T.) 

Hedgepeth, Annie Laura (now Ellis) 

* Hedgepeth, Barbara !Ueldon(Mrs. Gilbert) 

* Hedgepeth, Carolyn Ann 

* Hedgepeth, Charles Ball 

* Hedgepeth, Isabelle Ball (Mrs. fflalcom) 

* Hedgepeth, J"ohn Richard 

* Hedgepeth, fflalcom Allen 
Hedgepeth, Nancy 3oyce 
Hedgepeth, Sandra Kaye 
Hedgepeth, Thelma Strum (Mrs. 3ohn R.) 
Herseman, Betty Clarke 
Herseman, R. 
Hester, Bud L. 
Hester, Charles H. 
Hester, Charles R. 
Hester, G. N. or H. 
Hester, Galliam 
Hester, Louie 
Hester, Lucy 
Hester, Lucy, Mrs. 
Hester, lek? 

Hester, Margaret lililkinson (Mrs. Frank) 
Hester, Martha, colored girl 
Hester, Myrtle Lee 
Hester, Pattie, Miss 



Hester, Pearl, fflrs. 

Hester, Rebecca, ffliss 

Hester, Sally 

Hester, Sam 

Hester, Sue Turner, Misa 

Hester, Thelma, (fflrs. floy Tippett) 

Hester, Ulilliam 

Hester, William, fflrs. 

Hester, William H. 3r. 

Hester, Willia 

3oe, colored man 

L. L. 

Lucy El. 

Minnie Parham (fflrs. H.B.) 

Nannie E. 

5. S. (Deacon) 

T. T. 

Franklin Wells, Mrs. 

Brother 

Core E., Sister 

Katie, Mrs. 

Margaret Wade, fflrs. 

Ollie, Brother 

Cllie, Mrs. 

Thur H. 
Hobgood, Maude 
Holland, Edna (Mrs. Monnie) 
Holland, Monnie C, Sr. 
Holland, Monnie C. , 3r. 
Holland, Pamela 
Hollotuay, Ida Clarke 
Holloujay, 3.1. , Brother (Deacon) 
Holloiuay, 3ohn 

Hopkins, Henrietta (now Fuller) 
Humphries, Beth (Mrs. Dack) 
Hunt, 3. A. 

Hunter, Jennie, Sister 
Hunter, Jenny W. Barnes 
3ones, Lucy L. 



Hicks, 


Hicks, 


Hicks, 


Hicks, 


Hicks, 


Hicks, 


Hicks, 


Hight, 


Hight, 


Hight, 


Hight, 


Hight, 


Hight, 


Hight, 



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Jones, P. T., (Kirs. 
Jones, T. L., Brother 
Jones, T. S., Brother 
Kelly, Chris 
Kelly, Jason L. 
Kelly, Mary G., Sister 
Kittrell, J. Lewellen 

* Knight, Jimmie C. 

* Knight, Linda (Mrs. Jimmie C. ) 
Knott, D. V. 

Knott, David HI. 

Knott, diary A.. 

Knott, N. L. 

Knott, UJ. T. 

Knott, William T., Brother 

LeMay, Alton Titus 

LeMay, Annie Marshall 

LeMay, Charlie Upshur 

LeMay, John Cullom 

LeMay, Stephen Thomas (Deacon) 

LeMay, Verna Fleming (Mrs. S.T.) 

Lloyd, Nancy 

Loyd, Lunsford 

Long, Eunice Wells, Mrs. 

Lucy, colored lady belonging to 

m „ E.L. Parrish 

Mangum, Anna 

Mangum, Isabelle 

Mangum, Letha 

ITlangum, Pleasant 

Mangum, HI. P. 

ITlangum, William 

Mary, colored girl belonging to 
Jason L. Kelly 

Marsh, R. H., Dr., Pastor 

Maynard, Dames 

Maynard, Sarah A. 

IKlaynard, Tabetha 

Merritt, Lizzie, Miss 

Willy, colored girl belonging to 

L.R. Parham 
Mise, Jarvis P. 



Miss, Virginia (Mrs. J. P.) 

Morgan, S. L., Rev.,' Pastor 

Moore, Clarence Broadus, Sr. (Deacon) 

* Moore, Clarence Broadus, Jr. 

Moore, Essie Wortham (Mrs. C.B., Sr.) 

* Moore, Hilda Foster (Mrs. - Fred) 

* Moore, Owen Woltz 

* Moore, Ronald Blake 

* Moore, Norma Laws (Mrs. Ronald) 
Moss Hilman 

* Moss, Jerry Lee (Deacon) 

* IVloss, Mary Lee Greenway (Mrs. Hilman) 

* Moss, Peggy Harris (Mrs. Jerry) 

Munn, Sallair, Mrs. (Willie Mae Elliott) , 

i 
Murray, R. 

! 
McCamp, W. C, Mrs. 

McCann, Elizabeth Adams (Mrs. William Calv. 

McCann, John 8azzell 

McCann, William Calvin 

Nelson, E. R., Rev., Pastor 

Newton, Martha 

* Newton, Marsha Campbell (Mrs. Robert) 

* Newton, Robert Lenwood 

* Newton, Sarah Charlene 

Norwood, Gloria Hedgepeth (Mrs. Carlton Let 
Nutt, Dorothy Eunice Parrott (Mrs. Irvin, Sr, 
Nutt, Irvin Wood, Sr. 
Nutt, Irvin Wood, Jr. 

* Nutt, James Norfleet 

* Nutt, Maxine May Greenway (Mrs. Irvin, Sr.' 
Overby, Evelyn Harris 

Overton, Lula 

* Owen, Irene Poythress (Mrs. John Sr.) 

* Owen, John William, Sr. 

* Owen, John William, Jr. 

* Owen, Joseph Cyrus 
Parham, A. C. 
Parham, A. C. Mrs. 
Parham, Anna 
Parham, Asa C. 



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Parham, Belle 

Parham, C. A. 

Parham, C. A., Brother 

Parham, Charles 

Parham, C. G. 

Parham, C. H., Sister 

Parham, C. Ill, 

Parham, Daisy Kelly (Mrs. Thomas) 

Parham, Emma Hunt, Mrs. 

Parham, £. T. 

Parham, Frank E. 

Parham, Hallie 

Parham, Harriet 

Parham, Henry C. 

Parham, J. 0. 

Parham, J. H. 

Parham, J. 3. 

Parham, 3. 3. , Mrs. 

Parham, 3. P. 

Parham, Jas. L. 

Parham, James A. 

Parham, Dames L. 

Parham, Dane L. 

Parham, Jannette, Sister 

Parham, Jasper Uiayland 

Parham, Jodie 

Parham, Julia 

Parham, L. A. 

Parham, L. A., Mrs. 

Parham, L. Luther 

Parham, Laurene 

Parham, Lillie 

Parham, L. R., (Deacon) 

Parham, Lucy K., Mrs. 

Parham, M. Z_. 

Parham, Maria 

Parham, Molly 

Parham, 0. H. 

Parham, P. A. Brother 



Parham 

Parham 

Parham 

Parham 

Parham 

Parham 

Parham 

Parham 

Parham 

Parham 

Parham 

Parham 

Parham 

Parham 

Parham 

Parham 

Parker 

Parker 

Parker 

Parrish 

Parrish 

Parrish 

Parrish 

Parrish 

Parrish 

Parrish 

Parrish 

Parrish 

Parrish 

Parrish 

Parrish 

Parrish 

Parrish 

Parrott 

Parrott 

Parrott 

Parrott 

Parrott 

Parrott 



P. C. Brother 

Pattie Callde (Mrs. P. C.) 

R. C. 

Raymond 

Robert 

Sally A. 

Sam, Sister 

Samuel 

Samuel Oliver 

Sarah K. 

Tazzie (ilJatson) 

Thomas Benton 

Thurston S. 

Tom 

UJ. A. 

W. T. 

Charles B. Jr. Rev. 

Gracie (Mrs. Charles B.) 

J. J. 

Amy UJ. 

Elba 

Harriet Ellington (Mrs. Elba) 

Harting L. 

Isabelle U. 

L. A., Mrs. 

L. L. 

Lucy A., Miss 

Lucy E., Miss 

Mary M. 

Martha 

R„ K., Mrs. 

Sally A. 

UJ., Mrs. 

Amos 

Amos Gooch (Deacon) 

Carl Amos 

Charles David 

Dora Eunice Greeniuay 

Eugene Crawford (Deacon) 



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Parrott 
Parrott 
Parrott 
Parrott 
Parrott 
Parrott 
Parrott 
Parrott 
Parrott 
Parrott 
Parrott 
Parrott 
Parrott 

Parrott 

Parrott 

Parrott 

Parrott 

Parrott 

Parrott 

Parrott 

Patterson 

Patterson 

Patterson 

Patterson 

Patterson 

Patterson 

Patterson 

Patterson 

Patterson 

Patterson 

Patterson 

Patterson 

Patterson 

Patterson 

Patterson 

Patterson 

Patterson 

Patterson 

Patterson 



Eugene Crawford, Mrs. 

Elizabeth Greenujay (Mrs. UJilson) 

Elbert 

Ellen Frazier 

Ernest Nelson (Sonny) 

Fannie Louise (Hobgood) 

Frank Augustus 

Garland Titus 

Helen 

Henry Buxton, Sr. 

Henry Buxton, Dr. 

Julie (Mrs. Oliver Brewer) 

Mary Elizabeth (Blrs. James 

UJarren) 

Nelson Vernon, (Deacon) 

Peggy 



Patterson, Martha 

Patterson, Martin - Charlie 

Patterson, Mary die lis Knott 

Patterson, Cllie 

Patterson, Sam 

Patterson, Thomas (Deacon) 

Patterson, Zeb 

Paynter, George Robert 

Perry, A. C, Mr. 

Perry, A. C. , Mrs. 

Perry, C. C. 

Perry, C. UJ. 

Perry, C. UJ., Mrs. 

Perry, Lizzie 

Perry, Mary 

Perry, Ressie 



Shirley Elizabeth (nouj Clarke) * Phillips, John UJilliam Rev. (1980 Pastoi 

Sarah Cornelia Wilson, Mrs. * Phillips, Jonathan UJilliam 

Sarah Elizabeth Capps (lYIrs.H .B.Sr. ) * Phillips, Lily Mobley (Mrs. John UJ.) 



Sophie Capps (Mrs. H.B., Sr.) 
Soloman UJilson 

Amanda 

Betty Clark, Mrs. 

Bob 

C. G., Mrs. 

Carrie (Mrs. Fred Cottrell) 

Charlie Gaston (Deacon) 

C. Gib, Mrs. 

Charles Gaston, Jr. 

Carrie, Miss 

Elizabeth 

Fannie 

Gib 

James 

James 

Joash 

John IB. 

Lens (Mrs. Calvin Breedlove) 

Lucy 

Maggie F., Miss 

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Raynor, Isabelle Hart (Mrs. Emmett) 

Reavis, Louise Harris (Mrs. Robert) 

Reavis, Mary 

Reese, Phyllis O'Neal (Mrs. Marvin) 

Riggins, Ella 

Robberson, Elizabeth, Mrs. 

Robberson, Enda Gresham 

Robberson, Harry 

Robberson, Sally M. 

Robberson, Mrs. 

Roberson, Annie Bell, Miss 

Roberson, Allie (or Algie) Mrs. 

Roberson, Allie 

Roberson, Bell 

Roberson, C. 

Roberson, Claude 

Roberson, C. UJ. 

Roberson, C. UJ., Mrs. 

Roberson, Charles 

Roberson, Charles, Mrs. 

Roberson, E. UJ. 



Roberson, E. W., Mrs. Singleton, Lizzie, Sister 

Roberson, Florence Sparks, Gary 

Roberson, Wary A-. * Sparks, Pamela Greenway (lYIrs. Michael) 

Roberson, Dflaud, Miss * Simms, Billy Newcomb (Deacon) 

Roberson, Newman * Simms, Patsy Ruth (floss (Mrs. Billy) 

Roberson, Numa Smith, Dorothy Jean Terrell (Mrs. 

Je ssie ) 

Roberson, R. C. Smith, Jessie (Butch) Jr. 

Roberson, III. H. Stainback, E. T., Mrs. 

Roberson, HI. H., Mrs. Stainback, Frank 

Robertson, Edward Lee Stainback, Marvin 

Robertson, Roger Stainback, Pattie 

Robinson, Bennie Stanton, ITlaude Hobgood, Mrs. 

Robinson, Cleveland * Strickland, Danny Bryant 

Robinson, David * Strickland, Nancy Gayla Capps (Mrs. 

Robinson, Ellen Lee, Mrs. Danny) 

Robinson, Melvin Stone, Delia, (belonging to David Sto 

Robinson, Rooseuelt Stone, Rosetta, (belonging to David 

Robinson, III. C. Strum, Almond 

Robinson, BJ. C, Mrs. 5trum ' rnar y A ' 

Rosette, (colored girl belonging to Sykes, Maxine Bobbitt (Mrs. Ralph) 

David Stone) Teague, J. U., Rev. Pastor 

Rowland, Ida A. Fuller (Mrs. Presley ) * Testerman, Jean Smoke (Mrs. Lee) 

Rowland, Presley E. * Testerman, Joseph Bradley 

Satterwhite, Bettie, Mrs. * Testerman, Lee Wayne 

Satterwhite, Emma * Testerman, Treva Lee 

Satterwhite, Jack * Tharrington, Doris Owen (Mrs. Garland) 

Satterwhite, James Thomas, Alma 

Satterwhite, Janie Elizabeth Thomas, B. HI., Mrs. 
Satterwhite, Clma M. Fleming (Mrs. Salter) Thomas, Edward 

Satterwhite, Sallie, Mrs. Thomas, Nancy 

Satterwhite, Walter Mitchell Thomas, Wilson 
(Sunday School member) 



Seaborn, Mary Frances Fulbright (Mrs. John) 

Shalton, John 

Short, Sister 

Short, James A. 

Short, John 

Short, J. W. 

Short, J. W. , Mrs . 

Short, Linuood 

Short, Sallie, Mrs 

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Tucker, Mary E. 

Tucker, Elizabeth 

Upchurch, C. A., Rev. Pastor 

Van Dyke, Pauline Ellington 

Wade, Donnie L. 

Wade, Lucy, Mrs. 

Wade, Margaret, Miss 

Wade, Mary E., Mrs. 

Wade, Sudie, Sister 



* 



Watkins, Bill 

Catkins, Mary (Mrs. Bill) 

Weaver, Charles 

Weaver, Druntin 

Weaver, Geneva, Mrs. 

Weaver, Mattie Leona, Mrs. 

Wells, Eunice, Miss 

Wells, Franklin 

Wells, Guy 

Wells, H. B. 

Wells, Lucy, Miss 

Wells, Paul 

Wells, Sallie 

Wells, Vivian 

West, Etta Greenujay (Mrs. Spencer) 

West, Spencer 

West, W. S. Brother 

West, W. S., Mrs. 

Wiggins, Frances, Mrs. 

Wiggins, Labon A. 

Wiggins, Mary, Mrs. 

Wiggins, Martha, Mrs. 

Wilkinson, Allie P., Brother 

A. P., Mrs. 

Bailey Thurman 

Betty Fleming, Mrs. 

Ed. S. 

Eddie 

Elizabeth 

Eva Deiuel 

Hannah, Mrs. 

Katy (Mrs. Latt R.) 

Lyman Brooks 

P. E., Mrs. 

Peyton Edwin (Deacon) 

Sallie Miller, Mrs. 



Wilkinson 
Wilkinson 
Wilkinson 
Wilkinson 
Wilkinson 
Wilkinson 
Wilkinson 
Wilkinson 
Wilkinson 
Wilkinson 
Wilkinson 
Wilkinson 
Wilkinson 
Wilkinson 



l/allia Doyner Puckett 
(Mrs. Bailey) 



Williams, E. G. Sister 
Williamson, W. H., Mrs. 
Williamson, W. H. Brother 



Williford, Ollie 

Williford, Irie or Ira 

Williford, Martha (Mrs.. Dtha Hicks) 

Williford, Mary E., Mrs. 

Williford, Pauline (Mrs. Ira) 

Williford, Thomas 

Wilson, Amelia 

Wilson, L. 0., Mr. 

Wilson, Myrtle 

Wilson, Nannie 

Wilson, Norris, Rev., Pastor 

Wilson, Ronnie 

Wilson, S. Otha (Deacon) 

Wilson, Sidney Woodrow 

Wilson, Thelma (Mrs. Norris) 

Wilson, W. H. 

Wilson, W. H., Mrs. 

Woodlief, Aljheur or Alphus 

Woodlief, Estelle Ball (Mrs. Charles) 

Woodlief, Ella 

Woodlief, June, Mrs. 

Woodlief, Martha G., Mrs. 

Woodlief, Rufus 

Woodlief, Rufus, Mrs. 

Woodlief, Thomas 

Woodlief, William 

Woodlief or Woodley, Thorn 

Wrenn, G. L. ? 

Wrenn, Mollie 

Wrenn, Nancy 

Wright, A. 3. 

Wright, A. 3. Brother 

Wright, B. F., Mrs. 

Wright, Betty, Mrs. 

Wright, C. P., Brother 

Wright, C. P. 

Wright, Drulla, Mrs. 

Wright, Elizabeth Wilkinson (Mrs. Owen) 

Wright, Fannie Rebecca Collins (Mrs. G.W.) 

Wright, G. 5. 



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Wright, G. W. 

Wright, G. 111., Mrs. 

Wright, George 

Wright, George Seba 

Wright, H. L. 

Wright, Huber III. 

Wright, Huber (Yl. f Mrs. 

Wright, Harriett, Mrs. 

Wright, Hattie S. 

Wright, Heddy 

Wright, J". K., Brother 

Wright, Jackaline 3. 

Wright, 3enny ID. Callis 

Wright, 3. S. 

Wright, James H. 

Wright, John H. 

Wright, 3ohn L. 

Wright, L. R. 

Wright, Latham Raymond 

Wright, Lucy, Mrs. 

Wright, Lydia 

Wright, Hilary 

Wright, Mary (Mrs. Seba C.) 

Wright, filattie, Miss 

Wright, Mildred H., Mrs. 

Wright, Norris 

Wright, S. C. 

Wright, Sally C. , Mrs. 

Wright, Seba Carlyle 

Wright, Sophie, Mrs. 

Wright, Sophie, Miss 

Wright, Sudie West, Mrs. 

Wright, Tommie, Mrs. 

Young, Ellen, colored girl 

Young, Pheby, colored girl 

Youj, Lucy Wells, Mrs. 



* 1980. Members 



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SUNDAY SCHOOL ENROLLMENT 
1979-1980 
Nursery through Intermediates 

Darry Call Young People Adults 

David Dall Peggy Dall Adrian Gall 

Ryan Dall Vickie Dall Pearl Dall 

Scott Dall Kay Deaman Conly CLapps 

John Dames Tony Deaman Dohn CLapps 

(Ylichael Deaman Fredia Doyd Peggy CLapps 

Christopher Doyd Gray Doyd S,ue CLapps 

Madge Marie Doyd Cynthia Capps 0. Mac CLrems 

Michael Doyd Derry CLapps Nancy Crews 

Cindy Marie Capps Dackie Crowd er Mrs. Nell Crews 

Donna Capps Gloria Greenway Louis Greenway 

Dohn CLapps, Jr. Larry Greeniuay Margaret Greeniuay 

Letha Capps Danny Cuin Duanita Guin 

Stephanie Capps Faye Guin. Darbara Hedgepeth 

Carla Chapman Derry Moss Rev. Dohn Phillips 

Mark Croiuder Peggy Moss Lily Phillips 

Drad Greeniuay Frances Seaborn Dilly Simms 

Drian Greeniuay Pam Sparks Patsy Simms 

Dean Guin Jean Teste rm an Lyman D. Wilkinson 

Kevin Guin Lee Testerman 
Carolyn Hedgepeth 
Nancy Hedgepeth 
Sandra Hedgepeth 
Amy Moss 
Stephen Moss 
Charlene Neuiton 
Neal Neuiton 
Vera Paynter 
Michael Seaborn 
Michael Sparks 
Drad Testerman 
Treva Testerman 



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POPLAR GREEK TO HAVE "QUEEN FOR A DAY" 

Poplar Creek Baptist Church will present "Quean for A Day," on 
Wednesday evening Dune 6, at 8 o'clock at Dabnoy High School with an 
all male cast. 

The cast of characters is as follows: Dadger Hicks, Louis Greenway, 
Lynn Barker, Wilson Parrott, Tom Greenway, Adrian Ball, H. T. Hayes, 
Wade Guin, I. D. Hart, Gene Clark, C. Y. Harris, Br., Irvin Nutt, 
Cyrus Johnson, Hilman Moss, A. B. Green, Eldridge Vinson, Cecil Capps, 
John Capps, Sonny Parrott, IY1. D. Greenway, Nelson Parrott, Irvin Nutt, dr., 

A, B. Ball, M. C. ffloyd, Amos Brewer, Sam Harper, Henry White, Gene Brewer, 
Conly Capps, Albert Abbott, Marvin Boyd, A. D. Glover, William Dickerson, 

B. Furman Sattrsrwhite and Clarence Greenway, 

Budges will be Lyman Wilkinson, Harry Wright, Frank Hicks, W. C. 
Clay, Br., and Forest Ellington. The auctioneer mill be Sidney Fuller. 
A cake auction will be held at intermission. 



Cop tori fxom Henderson Daily Dispa tch , Buno 4, 1956. 



HARD-TAIL, A FAITHFUL CHURCH IY1EIYIDER 

Each Sunday morning at 10:00 a big blue automobile pulls into the 
small churchyard of the little church I serve. A ujell-dressed Christian 
lady and her daughter step out and walk to the church for Sunday School. 
If one looks closely behind them he is able to spot my most faithful church 
member. He comes padding in on four feet and though he is getting on in 
years he is spry and bright for his well worn age. On his small body ore 
scars and sometimes he seems stiff from old battle wounds inflicted by 
sometimes larger "friends" of his species in the neighborhood. Hard-tail 
is his name and I would not seek to hide the obvious fact from you that he 
is a "dog" in the finest sense of the word. UJhat kind of dog is he? This 
is a difficult question and my instant answer would bo that he is of the 
"Heinz 57 Variety" or a mixture of many. Though Hard-tail is almost 
certainly beyond classification he is my most faithful church member to 
date. 

Serving as a student pastor in a rural church con be an interesting 
and rewarding experience. If a young man keeps his eyes open he can meet 
and bo enriched by acquaintance with wonderful and unusual Christians. 
Hard-tail is indeed an unusual and set-apart "Christian Canine," lYIy first 
meeting with this canine, who "darkens" our doors often, was on the. third 
Sunday of my ministry there. I hod been accepted after two trial sermons 
and was anxious to meet the approval of the church. Hard-tail had been 
attending church services but evidently he had not been too attentive ta 
my previous messages. This Sunday he came forward for closer inspection 
just as I was halfway through my second point. He ambled down slowly and 
with dignity to settle down to the right of the front pew in the aisle. 
Amazingly, he did not take his siesta there but his eyes were open and he 
politely seemed to be listening. I think it is in order to say that I half 
expected him to utter a doggy "Amen, " but he did not and I hope this lock 
of oral approval decs not voice his disapproval. Fortunately, he has been 
faithful since and attending regularly but as of late, there has been a 
rumor that Hard-tail may be a bit discontented. It seems that he is some- 
what disgruntled over not having received his Sunday School pins and is 
threatening the transferral of his membership. I was somewhat concerned 
but I chalk it up to utter misunderstanding since humans have a difficult 
time translating the peculiar canine language which he and all of his 
friends use. 



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One Sunday after the preaching service, I. ventured to ask his master 
and keeper as to why they named him Hard-tail. She quickly indicated to 
me that this question could best bo onsujorcd if at sometime I mould stand, 
near Hard-tail when he is feverishly happy about something or being pottod 
by a close friend. I quickly got the long and the short of the whole tale 
and wondered no more as to why he was thusly named because some can relate 
experiences concerning being battered by this southern tip of my most 
faithful church member. 

Needless to mention perhaps, is the lesson which Hard-tail con teach 
us concerning the stewardship of our time. The rain, snow, nor hot 
woothor does not keep him away. Consequently , he does not need to make 
excuses concerning why he was not there "this and that Sunday." As to my 

inistry to Hard-toil, he is not one to be overlooked and he loves on 
encouraging pat. He neither complains nor gossips, but greets each one 
as a Christian brother with a tilt of his head and a waggy interest, 

Written by a former pastor — Charles Porker 1961-1965. 



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STEWARDSHIP 

(From a North Dakota newspaper) 

I own some good North Dakota land. It is mine. 1 have a deed in my 
bank box that says so. A. lawyer, my neighbor, and all people will toll you 
it's mine. It is mine for all human purposes. 

Out, being a Christian farmer, I know better. It's really God's land, 
I'm just keeping it for Him. This fact makes me different from all farmers 
who are not boliovors in Hesus. I must form the way He would hove me farm. 

God is a generous Landlord. He furnishes me the land, the seed, the 
sun, the rain, the health and strength to farm, and then gives mo the whole 
crop to do with as I please, God surely gets the short end of that busi- 
ness deal. Out that's not all. He gives me tha right to sell out or to 
pass this land on to my sons when I enter the heaven which he has prepared 
for me through Desus, the Son of God, my Savior from sin. You see this 
land I farm for God has come to me in just such manner from Grandpa to D_ad 
to mo. 

lYly church of course is responsible for teaching me the ways of 
Christian farming. I can see its steeple from my home. It towers high 
over endless plains that extend from horizon to horizon. It is the center 
of our community. Here I was baptized, and here my sons were baptized, and 
God willing, they will attend our Christian day school. 

Our church stands 13 miles north of lYlinot, in the midst of a farming 
community--grain farming — big farming. The biggest tractors on wheels, 
the biggest combines, and the biggest tillage implements are found on 
almost every farm. The machinery has to bo big to farm big farms, and the 
farms have to be big to support a family because this is dry land farming.. 

Our average annual rainfall is only about 16 inches. If our gracious 
heavenly Father gives us almost all of it during the growing season, then 
the crops ore well on the rood toward a fine yield provided they ore not 
struck down by rust, knocked down to the ground by tho sawfly, eaten up by 
grasshoppers, crowded out by woods, or beaten by hail or wind. Cut when 
our rainfall is short during tho growing season, the crops wilt, becoma 
stunted, and the kernels shrink. 

Of course., tho crop is still not a sure thing when it ripens abundant 
ly. It must be swathed — that is, cut down and laid in rows around and 
around the field. The groin must lie in the swath about a week to dry. 
During this poriod wind con easily blow tho swaths away, or rain can pound 
the swath to the ground, which will cause tho seed to germinate and grow. 

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Hail can pound tho seeds out of the head so that they cannot be saved, ftny 
precipitation mill cause the seeds to bleach (losing their fine color and: 
lowering of the test weight); 

After the grain has been swathed and is adequately dry, the combina 
picks up the swath and threshes out tho seed. The seed is stored in a 
granary and later sold. 

This deed crop, when sold, is the only pay check of the year for us. 
On it hinges our year"s labor, and oil and gas bills, cur machinery repairs 
and depreciation, our tithe and some of our dreams. 

If God should see fit to give us a good crop this year, it means our 
church will praspcr, and perhaps we can help our congregation put running 
water in our fully self-supporting Christian day school. Perhaps we can 
put running water in our house; perhaps add a room to our house, which we. 
nocd so badly; perhaps pay off some of my debt for machinery. 

I'm sure you see a farmer's fate is so realistically dependent upon 
our gracious God. From the time of Jesus' resurrection at Easter, when the 
grass also begins to come to new life again, and throughout the year our 
lifo needs be a life of prayer. we pray that no hazards would fall upon 
our crop if it would so be God's will. Wo pray for a dry harvest season. 
UJq pray for a good price, and pray for the strength and health to get our 
work done in season, and wo pray that society will distribute tho food we 
produce to hungry people. If tho crop is good, Gladys, my wife, and I 
pray that we may use it wisely to His glory. If tho crop bo poor, we ask 
the way to take it lightly and carry on successfully. After all, the crop 
is God's and He can surely do with His own as He pleases. 

Out wintor is the time for relaxation and for exercise of the mind. 
Sometimes wo tako a trip as we did to the Gulf Const for two weeks in 1353. 
In 1952 I took some classes at the college in fflinot. Last wintor Gladys 
and I worked on some Correspondence Courses. UJe read a great deal during 
tho wintor and usually spend some time doing repairs on the house that can 
bo done indoors. I milk a few cows, and haul grain, and repair some 
machinery that can be repaired indoors. 

Of course, our winters are sometimes quite severe this far north, 
but we thoroughly enjoy them just as we do the summers. UJhen snowed in for 
a few days, one enjoys a solitude, a privacy, and a meditative atmosphere 
that a city dweller can never experience, UJhen the wind blows and the 
snow drifts the roads shut, you can easily imagine the face of God sending 
forth just a small portion of His almighty powor and with it so simple 
transcending the powers and plans of egotistical man. And then when the • 

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sun shines through--such beauty-- bright sun en glistening snow. Then you 
soo your neighbors again, talk with them, and appreciate people and frionds 
as God would have us do, but which we do so seldom. 

Our gracious God has suruly given us farmers an enjoyable way of 
life. UJd work close to nature, through which God so clearly manifests 
Himself day to day. Our family can work together in the kind of atmos- 
phere wo ourselves build, because we have little interference from the 
world and wicked people in the world. It is comparatively simple for us 
to choose Christian friends for ourselves and for our children. Wo are 
our own boss, and though we always have work to do, it is still possible 
for us to leave for a time if we so desire. And all the while we work on 
the farm we derive a certain satisfaction in that our efforts ore directed 
at growing food for people. 

Fully realizing that God gives me as a former so much, I understand 
that of me much shall be expected. Since it is God's land I farm, I must 
surely take care of it as He would have me do. That moans carrying out 
good soil management and conservation practices so that it will not wash 
down the river, blow away in the wind, or be "mined" for my personal profit 
God has entrusted to me a portion of that soil on which all life depends 
to use to His glory in a manner that will witness to my neighbors how God 
wauld hove his land operated. 

This is one way I can be a witness for my Savior. To everyone 
driving down the road past my land that land should witness that it is 
being formed as a good steward of God would farm it. 

I con bo a witness to Him also of course, as every Christian con, by 
talking about my Savior with all the persons I meet. As a farmer I know 
something about many skills that can bo used for the upkeep and good 
appearance of my church property. My contribution to a well-kept church 
and grounds is a part of my witness for Him. When my tractor stands idle 
on Sunday morning in busy season, that is a part of my witness. My offer- 
ing on Sunday morning, that is part of my witness, and so are the duties 
I undertake for my church, my community, and my farm organizations, 

I thank God for the privilege of letting mo live on the land, that 
powerful land through which God performs year in and year out the miracle 
of making food for millions from decayed seeds. 

Heavenly Father, show mn always that this earth is the Lord's 
and the fullness thereof. Woke me a farmer who walks with God. 



65 



History of Poplar Creek 
Baptist Church 



Part II 



Revised Edition 
1981 



INDEX 

Revised By Laws and Rules of Order 66 

Map of Church Property 68 

Map of Tennis Court Property 69 

Deed to Tennis Court 70 

1981 Church Membership Roll 74 

1981 Children's Sunday School Roll 77 



BY LAWS AND RULES OF ORDER 

The following special rules are for the guidance and government of 
Poplar Creek Baptist Church, revised 1980. 

1. It shall be the duty of every member to promptly and regularly 
attend all business meetings. 

2. The Pastor of the Church shall be its moderator, but in his 
absence the Chairman of the Deacons shall serve as moderator. 

3. All questions regarding the receiving and dismissal of members 
shall be by unanimous vote. All other items of business, except 
the calling of the Pastor, shall be by a majority vote. 

4. The Pastor of the Church shall be called at a regular business 
meeting, upon a two weeks notice, and by a three-fourth vote of 
members present. 

5. All Sunday School and Church Officers, and standing committees, 
except Deacons, shall be elected annually in September and assume 
office the first Sunday in October. 

6. Deacons shall be elected by the Church as needed from among members 
in good standing, of faithful attendance, and regular support to 
the Church. 

7. The clerk shall keep a true account of the proceedings of each 
meeting, take charge of all records, and keep a roll of the members 
indicating the time and manner of reception and the date of death 
or dismissal of every member. 

8. The ordinance of the Lord's Supper shall be observed quarterly. 

9. As a matter of Christian benevolence the Church shall support 
financially state and southern Baptist institutions and missions. 

10. These By-Laws may be changed by a majority vote at any regular 
business meeting provided three months notice has been given. 

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11. Cemetery Rules adopted February 17, 1980. 

a. Plots will be 8 feet by 10 feet for two people. 

b. Only members who are members at the time of their death and 
their children (one generation only) may be buried in the 
cemetery. 

c. Husbands or wives of those already buried may be buried with 
their spouse. 

d. Plots will not be given to anyone else, except members. 

e. Plots will be laid off in the spring of 1980 with brick 
corner markers. 

12. Resolved: 

a. That it is the sense of this church that non-resident members 
should take their letters to a church that they can attend. 

b. That, when for special reasons brethren prefer to leave their 
membership with us in some way we expect the^to communicate 
with us at least once a year and to assist in bearing the 
expenses of the church. 

c. That, when such non-resident members shall have gone for a 
year without cooperation with the church in any way, it shall 
be the duty of the clerk to so inform the church and let the 
church do all in its power to bring such members into cooperation 
with us. 



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Prepared by 



A. A. Zollicoffer, Jr. 
P. 0. Drawer 19 
Henderson, N. C. 27536 



Book 5^2 Page 299 
DESD OF GIFT 



STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA 
COUNTY OF VANCE 



DEED 



THIS DEED, Made this the 5th day of August, 1961, by and between 
CLARA V/. CAPPS, WIDOW, J. CONLY CAPPS and wife, PEGGY V. CAPPS , CECIL W. 
CAPPS and wife, MARY JANE D. CAPPS, JOHN L. CAPPS and wife, SUE H. CAPPS, 
JULIAN M. CAPPS and wife, CYNTHIA L. CAPPS, JERRY B. CAPPS and wife, 
CYNTHIA C. CAPPS, and LOUISE C. STRAMEY BELMONTE and husband, PETER 
BELMONTE, hereinafter referred to as Parties of the First Part, to POPLAR 
CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH, hereinafter referred to as Party of the Second 
Part, 

WITNESSETH : 



That for and in consideration of the su/n of Ten Dollars and other 
valuable considerations to them paid by the Party of the Second Part, the 
receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the Parties of the First Part 
have bargained and sold and by these presents do bargain, sell and convey 
unto the Party of the Second Part, its successors and assigns, that certain 
tract of land in Dabney Township, Vance County, North Carolina, being more 



particularly described as follows: 

Begin at an existing iron pin, co 
Estate and Poplar Creek Baptist C 
being located 30 feet from the ce 
1126 at a point which is 923.2/+ f 
intersection of the center of Sta 
U. 3. 158 By-Pass; run thence Sou 
134.12 feet to an existing iron p 
73° 50' 59" East 201.27 feet thro 
iron pin located 30 feet from the 
Road 1126 to a pk nail in the cen 
1126; thence North 17° 16' 03"' Ea 
pk nail in the center of State Ro 
South 87° 17' 13" West 30 feet to 
beginning. The same being a tri 
present property of Poplar Creek 
contains .16 acres and is more sp 
on map of property of Poplar Cree 
LAwornct. Dabney Township, Vance County, No 
jcoffer a zolucoffeb July 24, 19 61 , prepared by Wallac 



rner of J. M. Capps 
hurch, said point 
nter of State Road 
eet North of the 
te Road 1126 and 
th 87° 17' 13" West 
in; thence South 
ugh an existing 

center of State 
ter of State Road 
st 69.24 feet to a 
ad 1126; thence 

the place of the 
ngle adjoining the 
Baptist Church and 
ecifically shown 
k Baptist Church, 
rth Carolina, dated 
e G. Cawthorne. 



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Deed p ags__2 

TO HAVE AMD TO HOLD the aforesaid tract or parcel of land and all 
privileges and appurtenances thereto belonging to the said Party of the 
Second Part, and its- successors and assigns, to its only use and behoof 
in fee simple. 

And the said Parties of the First Part covenant with the Party of 
the Second Part, its successors and assigns, that they are seized of said 
premises in fee and have the right to convey the same in fee simple; that 
the same are free and clear from all encumbrances, and that they will 
warrant and defend the said title to the same against the claims of all 
persons whomsoever. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the said Parties of the First. Part have 

hereunto set their hands and seals this the day and year first above 

written. 

fi 

_•___ l^JjJl-B-E^L (SEAL) 

Clara W. Capps., Widow 

S?:: ^"^Jr.-^z.. yJid?/?.^. (SEAL) 

7". Conly Capps 

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Peggy'V. Capps 

uAcJLclZ:Z._X^.±y^r: (seal) 

Cecil W. Capp's " Tl 

'2 _„__' ■-<~-_Ai _j'L_<' (SEAL) 

Mary Jane T). Capps 

.■_^i__________i_li.:^ (SEAL) 

John L. Capps 

_ (SEAL) 



'-AW OFFICES 

LLICOFFES ft ZOLUCOFfER 

HENOEBSON. H. C. 



Sue H. Capps/ 

_. _. _ , (SEAL) 



Julian M. Capps 



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Cynthia L. Capps 7 ^ r ~ 



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^/.£SJ±. ^--.,-^^'r- ( SEAL ) 

Jerry B .""Capps / / 

(SEAL) 



Cynthia C. Capps 



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Louise C. S^raney, BeTiiiontJe 



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"V'l,u.jk 



Peter Belmonte 



0. (SEAL) 



(SEAL) 



STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA 
COUNTY OF .J/ji^JU-. 

I, a Notary Public of the County and State aforesaid, certify that 
Clara '.</. Capps, Widow, personally appeared before me this day and 
acknowledged the execution of the foregoing instrument. 

?\ 

Witness my hand and notarial seal this _£%_ day of LIuck . , 1981. 

2bQQMs^L^s^umu^sL 

Notary^/Puolic ni ' 

My commission expires :__£/l2_/^2._ 

STATS OF NORTH CAROLINA 
COUNTY OF VANCE 

I, a Notary Public of the County and State aforesaid, certify that 
J. Conly Capps and wife, Peggy V. Capps, personally appeared before me 
this day and acknowledged the execution of the foregoing instrument. 

Witness my hand and notarial seal this J^^/__ day of - (Jm -l - , 1981. 



Notary J'uolic 2/ ', v 

My commission expires '■_^J~J'jj£ 



STATS OF 22'£" 

COUNTY OF' ".l^lZ, ; 



I, a Notary Public of the County and State aforesaid, certify that 
Cecil W. Capps and wife, Mary Jane D. Capps, personally appeared before 
me this day and acknowledged the execution of the foregoing instrument. 



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Witness my hand and notarial seal this ££%_. ^ & Y, °f 



H 



Notary Public -xi- . 

My commission expires: f/£3jL£!JL 



__> 1981. 



LAW OFFICES 

'LLICOFFER ft ZOLLiCOFFER 

HEKOtOSON. N C 



72 



Deed 



STATE OF /( • C 
COUNTY OF" S-JJJkSilJi 



Page 4 



I, a Notary Public of the County and State aforesaid, certify that 
John L. Capps and wife, Sue H. Capps, personally appeared before me this 
day and acknowledged the execution of the foregoing instrument. 

'Witness ray hand and notarial seal this .Q 1 / day of UUi*. ■ , 1981. 

Notary(/Public -,, sf* 

My commission expires :_ _JSH l%3,_ 

STATE OF Qj'J^LS- 4 ^. 
COUNTY OF" £j-_^g4£<L '. 

I, a Notary Public of the County and State aforesaid, certify that 
Julian M. Capps and wife, Cynthia L. Capps, personally appeared before me 
this day and acknowledge the execution of the foregoing instrument. 

Th 

V/itness my hand and notarial seal this v /** day of QcXobef^ , 1981. 

/7 



Notary Public </ 



..jtary . 

My commission expires: J>~/ / ? / % Y 

STATE OF ~li_C _,_ 

COUNTY OF Zykafe£cl__. 

I, a Notary Public of the County and State aforesaid, certify that 
Jerry 5. Capps and wife, Cynthia C. Capps, personally appeared before me 
this day and acknowledged the execution of the foregoing instrument. 

V/itness my hand and notarial seal this ^J^__ day of _Jjluz : , 1981. 



Jli^su^£^^^MM/2yJ&^- 

Notary (Public 'hi < 

My commission expires '■__J2JH.& J 

STATE OF NeO [O^rf. 
COUNTY 0F'__^XKA3iS§'. 

I, a Notary Public of the County and State aforesaid, certify that 

Louise C. Straney Eelmonte and husband, Peter Eelmonte, personally appeared 

before me this day and acknowledged the execution of the foregoing instru- 
ment. 

V/itness my hand and notarial seal this 2.S.. day of _§>_£?£.,_., 1981. 

, <*^£JU5Wu 

Notary Public i , 

My commrssi'on expires: ^IjhAA^i 

JOHN k- Hlfl->- „ „ 
Nst.r, Public. Stale e< How r<K* 

LAW OFriCIS WOT" *» . . .... CountV 

LLICOFF^ a ZOLLICOFFER My Ccmmi^ion Expire- M4«n -J- lv -o*' 



HENDIHSON. 



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Poplar Creek Baptist Church 
1981 Membership Roll 



N. R.-Averette, Sarah Parrott 

Ball, Adrian Jerome (Deacon) 

Ball, Allen Richard 

Ball, David Wayne 

Ball, Kenneth Bryon 

Ball, Pearl Jackson 
(Mrs . Adrian) 

Ball, Peggy Overton 
(Mrs. Kenneth) 

Ball, Michael Randolph 

Ball, Vickie Roberson 
(Mrs. Michael) 

Beaman, Kay Voodard 
(Mrs. Tony) 

Beaman, Tony Lynn 

N. R.-Belmonte, Louise Capps 
(Mrs. Peter) 

Boyd, Bobby Cullom 

Boyd, Freida Aiken 
(Mrs . Gray 

Boyd, Gladys Ellington 
(Mrs. R. Marvin) 

Boyd, Madge Marie 

Boyd, Marvin Cullom (Deacon) 

Boyd, Marvin Gray 

Boyd, Nellie Barker 

(Mrs. Marvin C. ) 

Boyd, Reubin Marvin (Deacon- Emeritus) 

Brewer, Edna Earl Parrott 
(Mrs. Eugene C.) 

Capps, Cynthia Currin 
(Mrs. Jerry B.) 

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N. 



N. 



Capps, Donna Karen 

Capps, James Conly, Sr. (Deacon) 

Capps, James Conly, Jr. 

Capps, Jerry Brooks 

Capps, John Landon, Sr. (Deacon) 

Capps, John Landon, Jr. 

R. -Capps, Julian McElree 

Capps, Letha Ann 

Capps, Peggy Vaughan 

(Mrs. J. Conly, Sr.) 

Capps, Sue Hayes 

(Mrs. John L. , Sr. ) 

R.-Chappel, Mozelle Holloway 
(Mrs. Patrick) 

Crews, Barnes MacArle (Deacon) 

Crews , Donald Fleming 

Crews, Nancy Winston 

(Mrs. B. MacArle) 

Crews, Nell Barnes 
(Mrs. Claude) 

Crews, Robert Winston 

Crowder , Donnie Ray 

Crowder, Jackie Greenway 
(Mrs. Donnie) 

R. -Ellington, Lois Ellington 
(Mrs. Wallace) 

R. -Farrow, Ruth Capps 
(Mrs . Thomas ) 

Faulkner, Regina Capps 
(Mrs. David) 

Finch, Lisa Phillips 
(Mrs. Kim) 



N. R. -Franklin, John Michael 

N. R. -Gardner, Sylvia Parrott George 
(Mrs. Charles) 

Glover, Wiline Womble 
(Mrs . Hayden) 

Greenway, Charlie, Jr. 

N. R. -Greenway, Dennie Cleveland 

Greenway, Evelyn Clarke 
(Mrs. Charlie, Jr.) 

Greenway, Gloria Currin 
(Mrs. Larry) 

Greenway, Larry Thomas (Deacon) 

Greenway, Louis Lanning (Deacon) 

Greenway, Margaret Boyd 
(Mrs. Louis) 

Greenway, Marie May 
(Mrs. Clarence) 

Greenway, Melvin Dorsey, Jr. 

Greenway, Ruth Boyd 

(Mrs. Cleveland) 

N. R. -Greenway, Thomas Jeffrey 

Greenway, Walter Elam 

Guin, Daniel Wayne (Deacon) 

Guin, Juanita Greenway, Mrs. 

Guin, Lynda Faye Capps 
(Mrs. Daniel) 

Guin, Philip Wade 

Harris, Alice Jean Brewer 
(Mrs. Clarence Y.) 

Harris, Eugenia Leigh 

Hedgepeth, Barbara Weldon 
(Mrs. Gilbert) 



Hedgepeth, Carolyn Ann 

Hedgepeth, Charles Ball 

Hedgepeth, Isabelle Ball 
(Mrs . Malcom) 

Hedgepeth, John Richard 

Hedgepeth, Malcolm Allen 

Hedgepeth, Nancy Joyce 

Hedgepeth, Sandra Kaye 

Hedgepeth, Thelma Strum 
(Mrs. John R.) 

Knight, Jimmie C. 

Knight , Linda 

(Mrs . Jimmie C . ) 

N. R. -Lambert, Bernice Currin 
(Mrs. Bernard) 

LeMay, Charlie Upshur 

N. R. -Moore, Clarence Broadus , Jr. 

Moore, Hilda Foster 
(Mrs. Fred) 

Moore, Norma Laws 
(Mrs. Ronald) 

N. R. -Moore, Owen Woltz 

Moore, Ronald Blake 

Moss, Jerry Lee (Deacon) 

Moss, Mary Greenway 
(Mrs , Hilman) 

Moss, Peggy Harris 

(Mrs. Jerry Lee) 

Newton, Marsha Campbell 
(Mrs. Robert) 

Newton, Robert Lenwood 



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Newton, Sarah Charlene 

Nutt, Janes Norfleet 

Nutt, Maxine May Greenway 
(Mrs. Irvin, Sr.) 

Owen, Irene Poythress 
(Mrs. John, Sr.) 

Owen, John Thomas, Sr. 

Owen, John Thomas, Jr. 

Owen, Joseph Cyrus 

Parham, Samuel Oliver 

Parrott, Charles David 

N. R. -Parrott, Elbert Eugene 

Parrott, Elizabeth Greenway 
(Mrs. S. Wilson) 

Parrott, Soloman Wilson 

Paynter, George Robert 

Phillips, John William, Rev. 

Phillips, Jonathan William 

Phillips, Lily Mobley 
(Mrs . John) 

N. R. -Reese, Phyllis O'Neal 
(Mrs . Marvin) 

Satterwhite, Janie Elizabeth 

Seaborn, Frances Fulbright 
(Mrs. John) 

Simms, Billy Newcomb (Deacon) 

Simms, Patsy Ruth Moss 
(Mrs. Billy) 

Sparks, Pamela Greenway 
(Mrs. Michael) 

Strickland, Danny Bryant 

Strickland, Nancy Gayla Capps 
(Mrs. Danny) 



Testerman, Jean Smoke 
(Mrs. Lee) 

Testerman, Joseph Bradley 

Testerman, Lee Wayne 

Testerman, Treva Lee 

Tharrington, Doris Owen 
(Mrs. Garland) 

Wilkinson, Bailey Thurman 

N. R. -Wilkinson, Katy 
(Mrs. Latt) 

Wilkinson, Lyman Brooks 

Wilkinson, Vallie Puckett 
(Mrs. Bailey) 

Wilson, Sidney Woodrow 

Wright, Lathan Raymond 



N. R.-Non Resident Members 



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Childrens Sunday School Enrollment-1981 



Name 



Date of Birth 



Ball, Christopher Scott 
Ball, Eric Jerome 
Ball, Kenneth Bryon, Jr. 
Ball, Michael Ryan 
Ball, Randal Thomas 
Beaman, Michael Leighton 
Boyd, Christopher Gray 
Boyd, Michael Cullom 
Capps, Cindy Marie 
Capps, Stephanie 
Chapman, Carla Denise 
Crowder, Mark Ray 
Greenway, Brad Lanning 
Greenway, Brian Thomas 
Guin, Christopher Dean 
Guin, Kevin Wayne 
Moss, Amy O'Brien 
Moss, Stephen Todd 
Seaborn, Johnny Michael 
Sparks, Michael Coatney 



July 19, 1969 
August 25, 1980 
July 8, 1967 
April 19, 1977 
March 8, 1980 
March 21, 1976 
February 12, 1974 
November 11, 1976 
February 24, 1970 
December 29, 1972 
March 8, 1972 
October 28, 1975 
April 14, 1976 
January 18, 1969 
July 26, 1969 
January 21, 1971 
October 19, 1972 
November 14, 1974 
July 29, 1976 
September 12, 1967 



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